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About Grant Buckler

Grant Buckler is a retired freelance journalist and a volunteer with Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and lives in Kingston, Ont.
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Iranian Journalist Sentenced To Six Years

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The Iranian judiciary has sentenced Badrolsadat Mofidi, head of the Iranian Journalists Association, to six years in prison and banned her from working as a journalist for five years, reports Payvand Iran News.

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Citizen Journalism We Need

On Sunday three prominent publications published stories based on thousands of pages of classified U.S. military documents on the war in Afghanistan. The material came from WikiLeaks, a three-year-old, volunteer-run website whose mission is to provide a safe way for whistleblowers to make information public that someone in power didn’t want us to see. This is the kind of citizen journalism we need.

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CJFE Conducting Survey On G20 Incidents

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Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) is conducting a survey of journalists who believe their freedom of expression was compromised by police/security personnel during the G-20 security operation. This collection of information will result in a public report by CJFE.

Further information and a survey questionnaire are available on the CJFE website. 
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G20: At least one reporter beaten, several arrested

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Toronto journalist Jesse Rosenfeld was arrested and beaten outside the G20 security fence near Toronto’s downtown Novotel hotel on Saturday night. Rosenfeld was on assignment for the British newspaper The Guardian. According to his own account of events and that of TV Ontario host Steve Paikin, police punched Rosenfeld in the stomach and back while taking him into custody.

It isn’t clear how many working journalists were arrested during the protests but Rosenfeld was not the only one. A CTV field producer and two National Post photographers were also detained.

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Journalism groups condemn information stranglehold

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The Harper government’s efforts to control the flow of information have “grown into a genuine and widespread threat to the public’s right to know,” says an open letter signed by the presidents of the Canadian Association of Journalists, the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec, the Parliamentary Press Gallery and several provincial press galleries.

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Supreme Court Upholds Bail Hearing Publication Bans

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The Supreme Court of Canada has denied an appeal by several media organizations that sought to remove a Criminal Code provision making a publication ban on the proceedings of bail hearings mandatory if the defence requests it.

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CNA Freedom of Information Audit Finds Federal Performance Poor

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The Canadian Newspaper Association has published its fifth annual Freedom of Information Audit, citing poor performance by the federal government in releasing information while noting an over-all improvement in the speed of responses to information requests. The addition of more municipalities to the audit – which was substantially expanded this year – partly accounted for this improvement, the CNA said.

The audit team sent a total of 315 freedom of information requests to 11 federal departments
and crown corporations, 39 municipalities, departments and ministries of
10 provinces and the Yukon and 10 universities.

The full report is available from the Canadian Newspaper Association website.

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Bad year for free speech in Canada: report

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CJFE free expression reportCanadian Journalists for Free Expression has published its first annual
report on free expression in Canada, and the verdict isn’t pretty.
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Court delivers ‘mixed result’ on protection of sources

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An effort to establish blanket protection for Canadian journalists’ right to protect the identity of their sources has failed, but the news is not all bad.

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled  in an 8-1 decision that there is no blanket right to protect sources in Canada. But Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) described the ruling as “a mixed result with the good news outweighing the bad.”

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Media opposes publication ban, Ontario stays firm

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The news media are challenging the wide-reaching publication ban on the murder of 8-year-old Tori Stafford, but the province of Ontario says it won’t oppose the ban. 
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