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About the CAJ

The problems of the Canadian Association of Journalists have landed on J-Source. Given my role as editor of the Townhall blog and discussions, a disclosure: I am one of the many who left the CAJ in 2005 following the saga of the organization’s obscene censure of a journalist. Some thoughts about what has ensued …
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An open letter about the CAJ

By  •  Ethics

Former board member Deborah Campbell, one of many supporters of the Canadian Association of Journalists who abandoned it in 2004-2005, explains why she left — and why she thinks the CAJ cannot move forward without addressing its past. “L’Affaire Cameron, or What’s Wrong With the CAJ,” is Campbell’s response to the “Open letter from the CAJ” posted recently on J-Source.
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“Dead bastards” — US gunmen kill Reuters workers

The video released by WikiLeaks of a killing by American gunmen in military helicopters, which included two Reuters employees, is grim watching. The New York Times story is almost as grim reading. Most shocking are the transcripts of the American gunmen discussing the attack. As the Times described it:

“They aim and fire at the group, then revel in their kills.

“Look at those dead bastards,” one pilot says. “Nice,” the other responds.”

The photographer and driver, who apparently walked into a Baghdad street while working on a story about weightlifting, were killed in 2007 along with others.

Would the killing video have been released if not for the Reuters connection?


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Reporters investigate paedophiles, called “stool pigeons”

“A French documentary sparked a media ethics controversy on Tuesday after journalists handed over the names of 22 suspected paedophiles to police in Canada and France,” reported Agence France-Presse.  “Reporters from the Capa agency used the Internet to get in touch with people in France and Canada who allegedly professed an interest in child pornography or having sex with children …  they handed over their names to French and Canadian police.”

AFP quoted a headline from one “left-leaning” French publication outraged at how the reporters tricked the subjects and that they called police: “Journalists or Stool Pigeons?”

The case raises the thorny question about when and how journalists should share information with police.

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Pullman’s defence of free speech

Gotta love Philip Pullman: “It was a shocking thing to say and I knew it was a shocking thing to say. But no one has the right to live without being shocked. No one has the right to spend their life without being offended.”

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Sniffy content?

You’d be an April fool to turn up your nose at the Vancouver Sun‘s “innovative “four-dimensional” newspaper technology project, the first of its kind in the world.” The paper announced that the project would start July 1, with “a daily list of scratch-and-sniff content in each section of the paper” to rival 3-D movies like Avatar. Smells fishy. Could it be a coincidence that this story appeared on April 1?

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Is the National Post misogynist?

The National Post has drawn criticism for its portrayal of women, and so-called women’s issues. J-Source isn’t the place to discuss those issues, but journalists might ask why the mainstream newspaper’s owner, now in bankruptcy protection, tolerates an editorial position that alienates 51 per cent of its potential subscribers or advertisers.

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Long news

Kirk Citron: “In the long run, some stories are going to matter more than others.”

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Hot spotlight on weathermen and women

Meteorologists — whose faces are on television as weather forecasters — have become the target of climate change activists because so many in the U.S.  are climate-chance skeptics, reported the New York Times. More than a quarter of American weathercasters surveyed by researchers agreed with the statement “Global warming is a scam.”

“What we’ve recognized is that the everyday person doesn’t come across climatologists, but they do come across meteorologists,” said Melanie Fitzpatrick, a climate scientist for the Union of Concerned Scientists. “Meteorologists do need to understand more about climate because the public confuses this so much. That is why you see efforts in this turning up.”

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Leonard Asper resigns from Canwest

Leonard Asper resigned from debt-ridden Canwest “in order to pursue other business
opportunities and to avoid any concerns regarding potential conflicts
of interest,” announced the company.

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