CJFE monitors, defends and reports on free expression and access to information in Canada and abroad. CJFE promotes a free media as essential to a fair and open society. CJFE boldly champions the free expression rights of all people, and encourages and supports individuals and groups in the protection of their own and others’ free expression rights.
Types of assistance offered by the organisation:
CJFE’s Journalists in Distress program provides humanitarian assistance to journalists around the world whose lives and well-being are threatened because of their work. The applicant must be a journalist, verifiable by either an IFEX member (some EU countries, and others) or an organization that provides emergency assistance.
Digital technologies have become extremely important to journalism work, but this also means there is a growing number of tools and platforms that can be used against journalists as means of surveillance, identification and harassment by States and non-State actors alike. Protecting yourself can no longer mean just securing your physical safety; it must also include securing your digital safety. Any breaches to your online life also put your physical life at risk.