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01 Oct To Fight Fake News, Become Your Own Editor

This blog post originally appeared on the Canadian Committee for UNESCO website on September 3, 2019. You can find the original post here Lightspring/Shutterstock A number of recent studies have revealed worrying figures about peoples’ ability to distinguish deceitful news reporting from responsible journalism—or in other words, “fake news” from truth: • The Pew Research Center found that some 64 per cent of Americans say fake news has left them confused about what to trust. • The 2018 British Commission on Fake News and the Teaching of Critical Literacy Skills found that when presented with six news stories—four of which were real...

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09 Apr Celebrating World Press Freedom Day May 2 in Ottawa

OTTAWA, April 8, 2019 /CNW/ - The Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom will hold its annual luncheon on May 2 to mark UNESCO's World Press Freedom Day and honour award-winning journalists What: Twenty first annual World Press Freedom Day Luncheon and 19th   international cartoon competition.  Presentation of awards to journalists and media workers who have done exemplary work in defence of press freedom during the past year.  Awards will also be presented to winners of the cartoon competition on the theme, When: Thursday, May 2 at 11:30 am Where: National Arts Centre, Canada Room, 1 Elgin St. Ottawa Who: Our keynote speaker will be Stephen J. Adler, Editor-in-Chief at Reuters, whose reporters are facing imprisonment and intimidation...

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04 Mar Hard truths + fake news: A timely boot camp

The Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom and the Carleton School of Journalism and Communication ________________________________________________ HARD TRUTHS + FAKE NEWS  A timely boot camp for users of democracy and defenders of press freedom. ________________________________________________ Feb. 25, 2019. OTTAWA—The Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom and the Carleton School of Journalism and Communication invite journalists, decision-makers and all those who care about civic democracy to our 2019 federal election boot camp. The day-long workshop in the Richcraft Hall Atrium at Carleton will feature frank talk and timely collaboration.   Begin the day with BuzzFeed editor Craig Silverman and a frontline briefing on the world of fake news and online misinformation. Get a...

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04 Mar 19th International Editorial Cartoon Competition

The theme for the 19th International Editorial Cartoon Competition is: Open season on journalists 2018 was one of the worst years for the number of journalists killed while doing their work. In the annual report of Reporters Without Borders, 2018 was particularly deadly with 80 journalists killed in the line of duty (+ 8%). After three years of decline, the number of professional journalists killed is up 15%: 63 homicides, against 55 last year. The highly publicized killing of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi has highlighted the unrestrained determination of the enemies of press freedom. Three prizes will be awarded: a first prize of...

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05 Feb Nominations open for 2019 CCWPF Press Freedom Award

OTTAWA, Feb. 4, 2019 /CNW/ - 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 or 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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02 Nov CCWPF brief on Access to Information Act legislation

The Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom submitted this brief on Bill C-58, legislation to amend the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act, which is currently before the Senate's Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. In this brief, the CCWPF argues the bill is seriously deficient in its purported aim to improve the Access to Information system and calls for a series of amendments. --- Oct. 29, 2018 Members of the Canadian Committee on World Press Freedom (CCWPF) welcome this opportunity to provide input into the study of Bill C-58 by the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee. Our volunteer committee...

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21 Sep When the Cops Come Calling: An Expert Workshop for Journalists

A couple of cops just walked into the newsroom wanting to talk to you about where you got your story. What are your rights as a journalist? You’re on the scene of a horrific accident but the cops don’t want you filming. You protest. So they put you in the back of a cruiser for awhile. Can they do that? Canada got its first shield law last year to protect identity of journalistic sources. But there are limitations. When are your sources protected and when aren’t they? Find out where you and your media organization stand from a top media lawyer Oct. 10...

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25 Jun CCWPF condemns criminal charges against Aylmer Express publisher, reporter

The Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom condemns the criminal charges brought against Aylmer Express publisher John Hueston and reporter/editor Brett Hueston. The OPP’s decision to charge the publisher and editor of a family-owned, community newspaper for attempting to report at an accident scene is an unacceptable assault on freedom of the press. It is part of a disturbing trend among Canadian law enforcement to use arrest and charge journalists who are doing their jobs. On June 23, 2017, a car drove off a cliff at the south end of Springfield Road above Lake Erie. The following day, a Special Investigations Unit...

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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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