Canadian Journalists join Coalition of other Citizen Groups in ‘Day of Action’ against Controversial Federal Surveillance Bill

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.

RSVP for the #ProtectPressFreedom day of action!

Canadians rallied in the thousands when the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015 (formerly Bill C-51) was introduced.stop-spy-bill

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.

imagesWe 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.

Join a day of action event near you

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 .

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One response to “Canadian Journalists join Coalition of other Citizen Groups in ‘Day of Action’ against Controversial Federal Surveillance Bill

  1. In my Opinion This Bill C51 is all about control and it was first introduced by the HARPER Goons and had been basically rubber stamped by this clone Justin Trudeau prior to the recent election.
    The Federal Corporate Liberals and their leader Justin Trudeau were aware of the public out cry concerning this Bill C51 and they promised along a multitude of other Promises to implement legislature that would enhance the lives of the Citizens of this Country not denigrate and damage our lives.
    It is with a sickening sense of betrayal that the Citizens of this Canada embark on calling a liar a LIAR and the most alarming consequence of these lies and betrayals is they are implemented to strengthen the CORPORATE control over the voting Public while enhancing the lives of the Rich elites at the expense of the Common Folk.
    I am 81 years of age and have seem too much betrayal by the only two parties that have ever controlled Canada, The Corporate Liberals and the Corporate Conservatives, the same two who authored, sold and are continuing to sell Canada to the highest bidder for they are the FOR PROFIT AUCTIONEERS of this deceit. God Bless Canada is heralded by the Corporate Media…….But Most of the Citizens who once believed Trudeau’s Lies are now thinking …………GOD HELP CANADA………….Amen


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