Media Invitation - Limited seats available for working media at sold-out Canadian Journalism Foundation event Jan. 29: High-level leaks and undisclosed sources: The case of Maher Arar and lapsed media ethics



    TORONTO, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - There are a limited number of seats available to
working media who wish to cover the sold-out January 29 event "High-level
leaks and undisclosed sources: The case of Maher Arar and lapsed media
ethics," hosted by the Canadian Journalism Foundation. Interested media are
asked to contact Heather McCall directly at 416-955-0630 or
hmccall@cjf-fjc.ca.

    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; CBC News security
correspondent Bill Gillespie, and former Globe and Mail security correspondent
Jeff Sallot 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;
      - Jeff Sallot, former Globe and Mail security correspondent;
      - Hugh Winsor, Parliamentary Press Gallery member and former Globe and
        Mail columnist (moderator).

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

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




For further information:

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


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