FOE Committee Drafts Letter to Newfoundland and Labrador Premier

The Issues Group within the BPC’s Freedom of Expression Committee drafted the following letter in reaction to the proposed increase of sales tax on books and the planned closure of libraries in Newfoundland and Labrador. The letter was sent to Premier Ball, as well as provincial cabinet ministers Cathy Bennett, Dale Kirby and Christopher Mitchelmore. …

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Announcing Freedom to Read Week 2016: February 21-27

Events across Canada celebrate freedom of expression, challenge censorship Toronto, January 26, 2016 — The Book and Periodical Council and its Freedom of Expression Committee are pleased to announce the 32nd annual Freedom to Read Week in Canada. A national celebration of freedom of expression that takes place in libraries, schools and arts venues across …

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CCLA and CJFE mount Charter challenge against Bill C-51

>>From Canadian Journalists for Free Expression TORONTO (July 21, 2015) — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) are initiating a Charter challenge today against key sections of Bill C-51, the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015. The legislation presents disturbing implications for free speech, privacy, the powers of government, including CSIS, …

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CJFE launches new fellowship supporting Canadian free expression initiatives

TORONTO (May 21, 2015) – Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) is excited to announce the Bob Carty Free Expression Fellowship, which will provide financial support to individuals or groups working on projects that further the growth of free expression in Canada. The Fellowship will be awarded annually to aid projects that contribute to the …

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Franke James receives the inaugural PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize

>>From Pen Canada TORONTO, May 26, 2015 – Writer, artist and environmental activist Franke James will receive the inaugural PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize at PEN Canada’s Ideas in Dialogue event, June 2. Introduced in 2014 in memory of Kenneth A. Filkow, member of PEN’s Canadian Issues Committee and former Chair of the Manitoba Human Rights …

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Christiane Amanpour named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of Expression

29 April 2015 – The United Nations agency mandated to promote and protect press freedom worldwide has named renowned journalist and CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour its Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of Expression and Journalist Safety. Ms. Amanpour received the honour during a ceremony at UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters in …

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