Annie Games, the Executive Director of Canadian Journalist for Free Expression (CJFE), and Julie Payne, the manager spoke to CEMA members on February 3, to provide an overview of the committed work CJFE carries out from its international head office in Toronto. Games and Payne began by stating they wanted the evening to be a conversation, and before long it most certainly was, with an exchange of stories and advice.
PHOTOGRAPHS by CEMA Board member Alexander Gershtein
Canada did not fare well this year when it came to issues relating to free expression and journalism. The G8 and G20 summits made that quite clear. Several CEMA members in attendance on February 3 were interested in finding out how they could provide support for colleagues back home, and if CJFE was in a position to help. This year, CJFE celebrates 30 years of work in the international community with participation in such programs as the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX), the Journalist in Distress Fund and fellowship opportunities to Latin American and Caribbean journalists.