High-level leaks and undisclosed sources: The case of Maher Arar and lapsed media ethics



    
    Canadian Journalism Foundation hosts panel discussion on January 29 in
    Toronto
    

    TORONTO, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - The Canadian Journalism Foundation will host a
panel discussion on January 29 in Toronto featuring Maher Arar, author Kerry
Pither and CBC security correspondent Bill Gillespie to discuss coverage of
Arar's case.

    Event Description:

    The Canadian media played a major role in focusing attention on the
plight of Syrian-Canadian Maher Arar and pressuring the government to
establish an inquiry after his release. But the media also allowed itself to
be manipulated into publishing and broadcasting unverified leaks that
exacerbated the Arar trauma, and no one in the media has yet been held
accountable.
    Mr. Arar will talk frankly about the media's role in his rendition, his
release and his current quest for accountability. Following his presentation,
Arar will be joined by Kerry Pither, author of Dark Days: The Story of Four
Canadians Tortured in the Name of Fighting Terror, and CBC News security
correspondent Bill Gillespie to further discuss the coverage of his story. The
panel discussion will be moderated by Parliamentary Press Gallery member and
former Globe and Mail columnist Hugh Winsor.

    
    WHO:

    -  Maher Arar, rendered to Syria on suspicion of terrorist links, later
       released and cleared through a public inquiry (see maherarar.ca for
       more details);
    -  Kerry Pither, author of Dark Days: The Story of Four Canadians
       Tortured in the Name of Fighting Terror;
    -  Bill Gillespie, CBC News security correspondent;
    -  Hugh Winsor, Parliamentary Press Gallery member and former Globe and
       Mail columnist (moderator).

    WHERE: Alumni Hall, Victoria College, University of Toronto,
           91 Charles St. W.

    WHEN:  Thursday, January 29, 2009. Presentation 6:30-8:00 p.m.,
           Reception 8:00-9:00

    There is no cost to attend the event but guests must register at:
http://cjfmaherarar.eventbrite.com
    





For further information:

For further information: Heather McCall, Programs Manager, CJF, (416)
955-0630 or hmccall@cjf-fjc.ca


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