CJFE Commemorates World Press Freedom Day with three Special Events



    TORONTO, April 28 /CNW/ - Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE)
commemorates World Press Freedom Day (May 3), the annual day of remembrance
with three special events. We invite Canadians to observe this day by
recognizing the vital and often dangerous work journalists do to bring us the
news every day.
    Journalists provide us with information critical to the public interest:
coverage of elections, human rights abuses, corruption, crimes, social issues
and trends, business practices and security issues. But the nature of this
kind of reporting often brings them under attack; they can face violence,
kidnappings, harassment, imprisonment and criminal sanctions just for doing
their job.
    "When journalists come under threat, it should matter to all of us," says
CJFE Executive Director Annie Game. "Because each time a journalist is
attacked we all suffer - everyone has just a little bit less access to
information."
    The theme of the 2009 World Press Freedom Day is the potential of the
media to foster dialogue, mutual understanding and reconciliation. CJFE has
three upcoming events which celebrate in different ways the importance of
freedom of expression and access to information while looking at the
challenges facing those who work to create dialogue in hostile conditions.

    
    -   April 29, 12:30p.m. "Reporting in Afghanistan" features panelists
        Susan Ormiston, Louie Palu and Graeme Smith speaking to host Anna
        Maria Tremonti, at the Glenn Gould Theatre, Toronto. For more
        information visit our website at
        http://cjfe.org/images/reportingafghanistan.pdf

    -   May 6, 7 Hot Docs "FIXER: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi" is the
        emotional tribute to Afghan journalist Ajmal Naqshbandi, who was
        kidnapped and killed in 2007. The ROM Theatre/Innis Town Hall,
        Toronto. For more information visit our website at:
        http://cjfe.org/eng/about/events.htmlNo.wpfd09

    -   May 21, 6:30p.m. The Free to Speak series presents "Atom Egoyan and
        Arsinee Khanjian in conversation with Anna Maria Tremonti, grano,
        Toronto. More information coming soon.
    

    Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) is an association of more
than 300 journalists, editors, publishers, producers, students and others who
work to promote and defend free expression and press freedom in Canada and
abroad.





For further information:

For further information: contact CJFE Manager, Julie Payne at (416)
515-9622 x. 226


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