Canada to co-host media freedom conference

News release

February 26, 2019 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Canada values freedom of expression and freedom of the press. These are cornerstones in any democracy.

To further advance this commitment to a free and independent media, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Canada will join the United Kingdom to co-host a media freedom conference in London on July 10 and 11, 2019.

Journalists, civil society and governments will be invited to participate in two days of discussions about press freedom and the importance of defending the media against censorship, imprisonment, personal attacks and abuse.


“In any democracy, journalists must have the ability to report facts freely, to defend, expose and advance the truth without fear of retaliation, reprisal, violence or imprisonment. Canada will always defend this right. We are very pleased to co-host this conference with the United Kingdom, and we look forward to joining all participants in London later this year.”

- Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • Over the last 12 years, UNESCO has recorded over 1,000 killings of journalists worldwide. Impunity for killings of journalists remains extremely high.

  • During the Paris Peace Forum of November 2018, Canada joined several other countries to support the International Declaration on Information and Democracy. In his remarks, the Prime Minister underscored that no real democracy can exist without freedom of the press.

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