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28 Mar EVENT: DOES THE STATE HAVE ANY BUSINESS IN THE NEWSROOMS OF THE NATION?

The Feb. 27 federal budget pledged $10 million a year for five years to support local news media. That was $10 million too much, according to some. Others say not enough.  News Media Canada, the industry lobby group, had been looking for $350 million in a revamped Canadian Periodical Fund. National Post columnist Andrew Coyne, who slams the idea of government support for media, and Bob Cox, publisher of The Winnipeg Free Press and chair of News Media Canada, square off on April 17 in Ottawa. Susan Harada, head of the journalism program at Carleton University, will be moderator. Admission is free to...

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24 Mar 20TH ANNUAL WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY AWARDS LUNCHEON

Greetings from the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom (CCWPF) We invite you to join us at the 20th Annual World Press Freedom Day Awards Luncheon. Join journalists, politicians, academics, media executives and others who champion the vital role of the press and free expression in fostering democracy and open government. Our keynote speaker will be the Toronto Star’s Washington correspondent and fact checker extraordinaire Daniel Dale. The event will take place at the National Arts Centre's Canada Room on Thursday, May 3rd 2018 at 11.30 a.m. On World Press Freedom Day, we will recognize a Canadian Journalist who has defended press freedom, or...

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03 Mar 18TH WORLD PRESS FREEDOM INTERNATIONAL EDITORIAL CARTOON COMPETITION

Here are the rules and regulations: 1. The theme for the 18th International Editorial Cartoon Competition is: The high price of a free press Press freedom around the world is in danger as journalists are threatened by government censorship, organised crime and commercial pressures.Online content is being controlled by a handful of internet companies whose processes lack transparency, and most countries restrict access to a range of websites. Donald Trump’s attacks on “fake news” in the US is also sending a message to authoritarian leaders that it is acceptable to crack down on the press. 259 journalists were jailed last year and 79 were killed. ...

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04 Feb NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR 2018 CCWPF PRESS FREEDOM AWARD

OTTAWA, Feb. 4, 2018 - Do you know a journalist or media employee whose work has been frustrated by a cloak of secrecy over the public's right to know, or by legal manoeuvres or political intimidation? Do you know of a reporter who has risked his/her safety or reputation for the sake of free speech? If so, why not nominate him or her for the annual Press Freedom Award from the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom? This annual award goes to a journalist or media worker in Canadian print, digital or broadcasting who has made a significant contribution to freedom...

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19 Jan CCWPF statement on the death of Charles Morrow

OTTAWA - With great sadness, the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom mourns the death of our friend and colleague, Charles Morrow, who succumbed to cancer on Monday, January 15. After a career in journalism and the federal civil service, Mr. Morrow became a founding member of the Canadian Committee on World Press Freedom 20 years ago and for many years was committee secretary, a post he held until his passing this week at the Elizabeth Bruyere Hospital in Ottawa. He was passionate about the cause of press freedom, and about the role a vigilant media plays in maintaining a democratic society...

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05 May CBC SASKATCHEWAN, LA PRESSE JOURNALISTS SHARE PRESS FREEDOM AWARD

OTTAWA, May 2, 2017 /CNW/ - CBC Saskatchewan's Geoff Leo and Paul Dornstauder together with Patrick Lagacé and his newspaper La Presse will be honoured as co-winners of the 19th  Press Freedom Award, given annually to Canadian journalists or media workers who have made an outstanding contribution to press freedom. Shawn McCarthy, President of the Ottawa-based Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom (CCWPF) will present the Award at a luncheon celebration beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Chateau Laurier Fairmont Hotel Ballroom on May 2. The event, co-hosted by CCWPF and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO marks the UNESCO-designated, internationally-celebrated World Press Freedom...

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15 Mar 2017 WORLD PRESS FREEDOM AWARDS LUNCHEON

Greetings from the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom (CCWPF) We invite you to join us at the 19th Annual World Press Freedom Day Awards Luncheon.  Join journalists, politicians, academics, media executives and others who champion the vital role of the press and free expression in fostering democracy and open government. Our keynote speaker will be Ann Telnaes, the Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoon2st for the Washington Post. Ms. Telnaes creates editorial cartoons in various mediums- animation, visual essays, live sketches, and traditional print. She is also president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, and is a passionate advocate for freedom...

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08 Feb NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR THE 17TH INTERNATIONAL EDITORIAL CARTOON COMPETITION

1. The theme for the 17th International Editorial Cartoon Competition is: F for fake Yesterday a global network with libertarian accents, has the Internet become a threat to democracies? Corporate-funded think tanks and fake grassroots groups are now everywhere and consumers often have difficulty in finding the source of the “information” they disseminate. The phenomenon is compounded by the fact that one doesn’t need to actually be where something is happening in order to report on it. Many have also criticized the role of algorithms used by social networks in limiting debate by enclosing their users in ideological bubbles. The term “fake news” has further been...

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06 Dec NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR 2017 CCWPF PRESS FREEDOM AWARD

Press release Celebrate and reward journalistic freedom. Nominations are now open for the 2017 CCWPF Press Freedom Award. Do you know a journalist or media employee whose work has been frustrated by a cloak of secrecy over the public’s right to know, or by legal manoeuvres or political intimidation? Do you know of a reporter who has risked his/her safety or reputation for the sake of free speech? If so, why not nominate him or her for the annual Press Freedom Award from the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom? This annual award goes to a journalist or media worker in Canadian print, digital...

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29 Aug CCWPF Condemns Conviction Of Fahmy, Greste And Mohamed

OTTAWA – The Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom (CCWPF) condemns the conviction of Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy, Australian colleague Peter Greste and Egyptian colleague Baher Mohamed in connection for their work at Al-Jazeera English. An Egyptian judge sentenced Mr. Fahmy, Mr. Greste and Mr. Mohamed to three years in prison on Saturday for working without a press license and broadcasting material it claims was harmful to Egypt. The decision was the final judgement in the reporters’ retrial, which began in February and saw many delays along the way. The decision was denounced by rights groups and media organizations as an attack...

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