A Call-Out to the rest of us from Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
Posted February 23rd, 2017 on Niagara At Large
This coming Saturday, February 25th , 2017, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) will join a coalition of civil society, media and labour organizations in five locations across the country.
These groups will be participating in creative, peaceful public vigils to reinforce their concern about national security policy, surveillance and freedom of the press.
Canadians rallied in the thousands when the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015 (formerly Bill C-51) was introduced.
The controversy surrounding the national security legislation became a touchstone during the 2015 federal election campaign. In addition to the controversy surrounding Bill C-51, CJFE learned in fall 2016 about police surveillance of journalists in Quebec.
The organization has also been working to support VICE journalist Ben Makuch who is appealing a court ruling which would force him to disclose confidential details of his source records to the RCMP.
Two years after C-51 was first introduced in the house, the Trudeau government has promised reforms through a wide-ranging consultation process. It is more important now than ever before to let the government know we are prepared to hold them to account for promises they made to reform Canada’s national security system.
We are calling on the government to:
- End mass surveillance and protect the private data of people and groups in Canada.
These groups include Indigenous communities, Muslims, journalists, environmentalists, labour organizers and academics while creating and empowering independent watchdog agencies for privacy and national security.
- Support the Private Member’s Bill C-303
Bill C-303 would implement a line-by-line repeal of the provisions enacted by the Anti Terrorism Act, 2015 (formerly Bill C-51).
- Support Private Member’s Bill S-231
Bill S-231 would create a press shield law and strengthen protection for advocates, whistleblowers and journalists.
See our full list of 5 nationwide events and RSVP to find the time and location of the rally closest to you!
Groups are gathering in Toronto, London, Ottawa, Montreal, and Vancouver to underscore that the public is watching Trudeau’s actions on press freedom, C-51 and mass surveillance of Canadians. We look forward to having you join with us and our allies in sending this important message to Ottawa.
Sincerely, Kevin Metcalf Promotions and Communications Coordinator Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
About the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression – CJFE is a Canadian organization founded in 1981 that works to defend and protect the right to free expression in Canada and around the world. Its vision is to achieve universal respect for and protection of the right to free expression and access to information.
For more information on the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, visit – http://www.cjfe.org/ .
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