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
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
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