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Anti-secrecy recommendations must be acted on: CAJ

OTTAWA, June 17, 2016 — The Canadian Association of Journalists applauds an all-party committee of MPs for recommending reforms that could make the federal government less secretive. But it remains to be seen if Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will actually act on them, helping fulf...

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Government 'openness' policy may mean greater secrecy

Last month, the British Columbia government announced it would be publishing requests for information filed under its records access law, something it says will increase openness and accountability. But many reporters are worried that law will actually do exactly the opposite. To find out why, and w...

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The latest winner of the CAJ Code of Silence: FinTRAC

EDMONTON, May 28, 2016 — The winner of the Canadian Association of Journalists’ most dubious award in 2016 is the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, the country’s little known “financial intelligence unit” that’s meant to, among other th...

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Lagging behind: CAJ VP testifies before #cdnfoi committee on Parliament Hill

Yesterday, CAJ Vice-President and #cdnfoi expert Sean Holman spoke before the federal Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics. Read the CAJ’s submission to the committee. Holman urged committee members to take seriously the concrete recommendations that ...

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CAJ marks 15 years of the Code of Silence Award

OTTAWA, April 20, 2016 /CNW/ - It's a tongue-in-cheek idea with serious overtones that was first presented 15 years ago – the Canadian Association of Journalists' Code of Silence. Nursed to life by past-president Rob Cribb, the idea was to "celebrate" Canada's most-secreti...

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Coalition condemns court ruling threatening press freedoms

TORONTO (March 31, 2016) — Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) and the undersigned organizations have issued a joint letter to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale expressing alarm over the Ontario Superior Court ruling that Vice News reporter Ben Makuch must hand over all communic...

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Alberta government must reinstate Rebel’s access to the legislature: CAJ

OTTAWA, FEB. 17, 2016 — Alberta’s government must abandon its attempt to block journalists’ access to the provincial legislature in Edmonton. The Canadian Association of Journalists reminds every government official who controls access to media lockups and press conferences that th...

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Postmedia cuts mean readers lose out on the truth: CAJ

OTTAWA, Jan. 20, 2016 — Postmedia may have forgotten that each reporting job it cuts means one less truth that won’t be told in Canada. But, starting today, the Canadian Association of Journalists will be making sure the company and its readers will be reminded of the fact. Yesterday, P...

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Purchase of Shaw Media sets stage for closures, consolidations

OTTAWA, Jan. 13, 2016 /CNW/ – The Canadian Association of Journalists is concerned a $2.6-billion sale of Shaw Media Inc. could lay the foundation for a series of negative changes to the broadcasting industry in Canada. The purchase announced Wednesday involves selling the media assets of Sha...

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CAJ stands up for editorial independence at Vista Radio

We sent this letter to Vista Radio on Wednesday, Dec. 9. A .pdf of the letter is available here. Dec. 9, 2015 RE: Editorial independence of journalists ATTN: Geoff Poulton, President of Vista Radio Dear Mr. Poulton, I write to you today in my capacity as the president of the Canadian Assoc...

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The Canadian Association of Journalists is pleased to announce the winners of its annual awards for outstanding investigative journalism in Canada published or broadcast in 2016. Check out the full list of winners!

We also handed out the Code of Silence award to Ontario's Office of the Fire Marshal and the CAJ Charles Bury Award to the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.


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We were so excited for this year’s national conference on April 28-29 in Ottawa. As journalism continues to take a hit, with layoffs piling up and continued attacks on press freedom, we know it's not easy in Canadian newsrooms. And we also know this:


So we rallied in Ottawa. Our delgates and presenters collaborated on valuable discussions on press freedom, freelancing, interviewing, data, ethics and more—and they networked throughout.

If you missed the conference, check out the #CAJ17 page and browse the liveblogs we offered for every single session.

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