CJFE Urges the CRTC to allow Al Jazeera English Broadcasts



    TORONTO, June 8 /CNW/ - Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE)
urges the CRTC to allow Al Jazeera English Television to be broadcast in
Canada.
    CJFE sent a letter in support of the application urging the Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to approve ECGL's
(Ethnic Channels Group Limited) request for the addition of Al Jazeera English
to the lists of eligible satellite services for distribution on a digital
basis. CJFE also called for the CRTC to allow their signal to be broadcast
without the provision of delay or monitoring.
    "CJFE believes that the English service of Al Jazeera brings coverage
from parts of the world which western media does not cover, particularly in
many conflict situations. It is important that Canadians, if they choose, have
the opportunity to access this," stated CJFE President Arnold Amber. "That's
what free expression is all about -- giving people the information they may
need to make sound judgments about world events and issues."
    Al Jazeera English is a global English-language, all-news channel
broadcast in 100 countries around the world. Al Jazeera's English and Arabic
services have a combined total of 69 news bureaus in places such as Kuala
Lumpur, Doha, London and Washington.
    At CJFE's most recent meeting of the Board of Directors on May 27, 2009,
a motion was passed unanimously supporting the application of Al Jazeera
English to be broadcast without restrictions in Canada.

    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. www.cjfe.org





For further information:

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


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