Code Of Silence Award
Code Of Silence Award, The Stephen Harper government was presented with a “Code of Silence Award recognizing Canada’s most secretive government or publicly funded agency” by the Canadian Association of Journalists Saturday night.
The CAJ is Canada’s largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing about 600 members across the country.
“This was the overwhelming choice – while we received a few other worthy nominations, no single one outnumbered the Harper government in volume or depth,” CAJ president Hugo Rodrigues said when presenting the award at its Toronto convention. “The death grip on information has long frustrated journalists in this country, but it may now be reaching a point where the public at large is not only empathetic, but shares it.”
The CAJ says Harper’s government departments now deal with media almost exclusively by email, ‘often returning with unhelpful or useless responses containing little to none of the information actually requested,” Rodrigues said in a statement.
The organization claims that “the lockdown on information is so extensive its reach goes well beyond Parliament Hill and official Ottawa and affects any journalist asking questions about public information in every region of this country.”
Two QMI Agency journalists won an investigative journalism award at Saturday’s event. (Toronto Sun)