Press freedom in Canada – What about student journalists?

Press freedom in Canada - What about student journalists?


3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

CFE Virtual Forum Series: #4 in CFE Series: Threats to Press Freedom — Friday June 10, 2022 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Canada’s protection for press freedom does not seem to extend to student journalists — a worrisome omission to those who see schools as preparing students to be citizens in a democratic society. The Student Press Freedom Act, written and promoted by students in British Columbia, may change that. Join the authors of that Act in a lively discussion of why student journalists should have press freedom, the barriers they face, and the importance of overcoming them both for schools and society.

Co-sponsored by Canadian Association of Journalists, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, PEN Canada, World Press Freedom Canada


  • Spencer Izen, Editor-in-chief, The Griffins’ Nest, Eric Hamber Secondary School, Vancouver; Co-Campaign Director, SPFA Campaign
  • Jessica Kim, Managing Editor, The Griffins’ Nest, Eric Hamber Secondary School, Vancouver; Co- Campaign Director, SPFA Campaign


  • Danielle McLaughlin, former Director of Education, Canadian Civil Liberties Association; Author of That’s Not Fair! Getting to Know Your Rights and Freedoms


  • James L. Turk, Director, Centre for Free Expression, Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University)

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