CAJ responds to Quebec government proposal of professional title for journalists

TORONTO, Sept. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists does not agree with the Quebec government's proposal to create a title of "professional" journalists and has advised the government of its concerns in a brief submitted in response to the report by Culture Minister Christine St-Pierre.

The CAJ believes that, by its very nature, the Quebec government's proposal to divide journalists into classes, backed by legislation, and giving one group rights and privileges denied the other is a fundamental interference by government in true freedom of the press

"Government, no matter how noble its intentions, cannot help journalism under this proposal without subverting it," said CAJ president Hugo Rodrigues. "We believe this proposal is a mistake and should be withdrawn."

Recognizing the issue is of concern to journalists throughout Canada, the CAJ will engage its members in a dialogue about the concept of professionalization of journalism.

The CAJ is Canada's largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing about 800 members across the country. The CAJ's primary roles are to provide high-quality professional development for its members and public-interest advocacy.

SOURCE Canadian Association of Journalists

For further information:

English contact:

Paul Schneidereit

902-426-2811, ext. 1124

French contact:

Ellin Bessner

416-289-5000, ext. 8826



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