The undersigned members of the Media Freedom Coalition’s Executive Group express concern at the continued restrictions on media freedom in Egypt, including the recent arrest and intimidation of individuals associated with journalist Khaled el-Balshy, editor-in-chief of the news website Darb. In particular, the Coalition is concerned by the arrest of Kamal el-Balshy, brother of Khaled, on September 20, 2020. The Coalition urges authorities to allow journalists in Egypt to practise their profession without fear of arrest or reprisal.
It has been nearly a year since I became minister of international development, and if this year has taught me anything, it is to reinforce how intricately connected our world is—from security to global health, inequality to climate change. Canada is intimately impacted by what is happening around the world.
As Canadian small businesses continue to adapt to the new reality of COVID-19, the Government of Canada is working hard to support small business owners as they rebuild and explore new opportunities in the global marketplace.
The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, along with Tony Van Bynen, Member of Parliament for Newmarket–Aurora, will meet with Aurora-based small business STEM Minds to highlight the revamped CanExport program, and learn about the company’s success in expanding into international markets. A brief media availability will follow.
The Global Conference for Media Freedom 2020 will convene a broad group of experts, including foreign ministers, high-level government officials, journalists, media organizations, international organizations, and civil society representatives to help address the challenges to media freedom and promote the health of the global information.
In coordination with the European Union, Canada is today imposing further sanctions against an additional 13 Government officials of Belarus. Canada and the EU continue to share serious concerns about the ongoing situation in Belarus.