Canadians Honour Foreign Free Expression Advocates

On May 28, the City of Montreal made Mr. Raif Badawi, a blogger imprisoned in Saudi Arabia, an honorary citizen.

 

REPORTAGE

 

Sidhartha Banerjee of the Canadian Press reports:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-montreal-set-to-debate-naming-jailed-saudi-blogger-raif-badawi-an/

 

CBC News reports:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/raif-badawi-citizen-montreal-1.4680368

 

In the Montreal Gazette, Catherine Solyom reports:

http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/proposal-to-make-badawi-honorary-montrealer-latest-in-freedom-campaign

 

COMMENTARY

 

In the Montreal Gazette, Celine Cooper writes:

 

http://montrealgazette.com/opinion/celine-cooper-raif-badawi-deserves-honorary-citizenship

 

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In Toronto, three organizations plan to erect a monument to honour Mr. Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese writer and activist.

 

The organizations are Amnesty International Canada, the Toronto Association for Democracy in China, and PEN Canada.

 

REPORTAGE

 

In the Toronto Star, Gilbert Ngabo reports:

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/05/29/statue-of-an-empty-chair-to-honour-to-late-nobel-laureate-liu-xiaobo-in-toronto.html

 

Lynn Desjardins of Radio Canada International reports:

http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2018/05/29/statue-chair-liu-china-canada/

 

On July 13, 2017, the Associated Press reported the death of Mr. Liu:

https://globalnews.ca/news/3595736/liu-xiaobo-chinese-political-prisoner-dies-cancer/

 

COMMENTARY

 

Read PEN Canada’s press release:

https://pencanada.ca/news/toronto-to-erect-the-empty-chair-memorial-to-nobel-peace-prize-laureate-liu-xiaobo/

 

In the National Post, Robert Fulford writes:

http://nationalpost.com/opinion/robert-fulford-nobel-prize-winner-liu-xiaobo-can-be-credited-if-china-ever-becomes-a-democracy