Today’s media links from Canada and beyond: CJFE awards media lawyer with Vox Libera award, remember Canada’s version of The Newsroom?, journos on reporting labour stats and UN calls for protection of journalists. And today’s read: the National Post’s Andrew Coyne on Canada’s hate speech law.
In Canadian media:
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) is awarding renowned media laywer Danny Henry with the Vox Libera Award. It is given to a Canadian who made great contributions to free expression in journalism. Henry, who retired this year, is chosen for his passion for media freedom; he has promoted and defended media freedom throughout his career. He spent the last three decades as legal counsel for the CBC. Henry will accept his award on Dec. 5, at the 15th annual CJFE Gala.
Does anyone remember Ken Finkleman playing an executive producer on the very set of CBC? Now that Andy Sorkin’s The Newsroom is out, it may ring a bell. If not, Toronto-based journalist Soraya Roberts writes an article for The Daily Beast comparing Canada’s The Newsroom to HBO’s.
An article on Canadian online magazine, backofthebook.ca says that when Statistics Canada released its monthly job survey numbers in June the media weren’t able to crunch the numbers correctly. Backofthebook.ca took the liberty to explain what it says actually happened with labour in June.
In international media:
The United Nations has drafted a plan for the safety of journalists as a large number of journalists are killed and imprisoned every year. According to the Swiss news agency ATS, 50 per cent more journalists have been killed this year than last and Reporters Without Borders say that 163 were imprisoned. All UN agencies have adopted UNESCO’s plan of action on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity. The discussion of integrating this will be discussed at a meeting in November in Vienna.
The National Post’s Andrew Coyne wonders why Canada still has Section 319.2 of the Criminal Code that restricts freedom of speech — forbidding the “willful” promotion of hatred” against any identifiable group.” Coyne discusses the country’s hate speech law and his thoughts on why — or why not — it should be abolished.
Angelina King is a freelance journalist who works as a reporter for CTV News Channel in Toronto. She previously reported for CTV in her hometown of Saskatoon and is a graduate of Ryerson University's journalism program. Angelina has a special interest in court and justice reporting, but is always grateful to share a human interest story. You can reach her at: @angelinakCTV.