Failing Grades Mark Report Card on Canada’s Respect for Free Speech

CJFE Review of Free Expression in Canada

By CNW, Toronto, 9 May 2011

For the second year in a row, the Harper government has received a failing grade from Canadian Journalists for Free Expression in its Report Card on the state of freedom of expression in Canada. The Report Card, featured in the new edition of CJFE’s Review of Free Expression in Canada, says government secrecy has worsened in the past 12 months; there are longer delays in responding to information requests and there is a dramatic decline in requestors receiving all the information they requested. [...]

CJFE’s Report Card also, to be released on Tuesday, gives a failing grade to both the federal government and security services for harassment, failure to respect media credentials, and detention of journalists and others during the G20 Summit in the summer of 2010. [...]

“Access to government information is not working for Canadian citizens – and it’s gotten worse under the Harper government,” says CJFE Board member and journalist Bob Carty. “We hope that now, with this majority, the prime minister will finally act to fulfill all of his 2006 election promises to reform free access to information and once again make Canada a world-class, open, transparent country.” [...]


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