TORONTO, June 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Yesterday, members of Canadian Journalists
for Free Expression (CJFE) filled the NOW Lounge in Toronto for CJFE's
Annual General Meeting (AGM).
At the meeting, presided over by CJFE President Arnold Amber, the
organization welcomed new Board member Nadine Touma, an experienced
trilingual Montreal criminal lawyer with Poupart, Dadour, Touma &
Associates. As an active member of CJFE's Canadian Issues Committee,
she has been instrumental in providing insight on freedom expression
issues in Quebec and brings to the Board her expertise in criminal law.
In addition to Ms Touma, seven current board members successfully ran
for re-election: Arnold Amber (President), Bob Carty, Havoc Franklin, Peter Jacobsen,
Alice Klein, Anita Mielewczyk, and Philip Tunley. CJFE welcomes all of the elected Board members, who bring a variety of
skills and areas of expertise to the organization. Arnold Amber was
re-elected as President and made a compelling speech about the work of
CJFE, during which he honoured Board member Mary Deanne Shears, having
stepped down from her position on the Board, for her admirable work and
commitment to Canadian issues in freedom of expression.
In a moving presentation, CJFE Executive Director Annie Game called for
a minute of silence to honor the 38 journalists who have been killed in
the course of their work since January 2013. She also spoke about
imprisoned Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, President of
the IFEX member organization the Bahrain Center for Human Rights.
Although his communications have been limited, Rajab has expressed his
gratitude for the support of international organizations like CJFE
fighting for free expression so that "those detained for their human
rights work are not alone in the battle for gaining freedom."
The AGM was followed by a timely and engaging discussion, Canadian Science in Crisis: Research, Responsibility and the Right to
Speak, featuring renowned Canadian climatologist Dr. Gordon McBean in
conversation with Anna Maria Tremonti, host of CBC's The Current. Dr.
McBean highlighted the problems of having entered an age of "photo
opportunity science," and stressed the need to pursue fundamental
science rather than one directed at commercial interests. Dr. McBean
also emphasized that one of the dangerous side effects of muzzling
government scientists is a culture of self-censorship.
CJFE monitors, defends and reports on free expression and access to
information in Canada and abroad. Rooted in the field of journalism, we
promote a free media as essential to a fair and open society. CJFE
boldly champions the free expression rights of all people, and
encourages and supports individuals and groups in the protection of
their own and others' free expression rights. www.cjfe.org
SOURCE: Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
For further information:
Laura Tribe, CJFE: 416-515-9622 x 232, firstname.lastname@example.org