The Fahmy Foundation was established in 2015 by award-winning journalist Mohamed Fahmy and his wife, Marwa Omara, to champion free speech and fight suppression of the press.
Based in Vancouver, Canada, the Foundation provides advocacy and financial assistance for reporters, photographers and prisoners of conscience unjustly imprisoned around the world.
For imprisoned journalists, prisoners of conscience, and their families, our campaigns provide much-needed advocacy, public awareness and critical support.
Learn how you can help.
Recent projects include presenting the 12-point Protection Charter with Amnesty International (Canada) in Ottawa to ensure greater advocacy for Canadians overseas.
Get involved in our campaigns, raise awareness, and help keep the voices of those unjustly imprisoned alive. Every contribution can make a big difference.
Journalist Amy Goodman to Turn Herself in to North Dakota Authorities
UPDATE: A North Dakota judge today refused to authorize riot charges against award-winning journalist Amy Goodman for her reporting on an attack against Native American-led anti-pipeline protesters.
“This is a complete vindication of my right as a journalist to cover the attack on the protesters, and of the public’s right to know what is happening with the Dakota Access pipeline,” said Goodman. "We will continue to report on this epic struggle of Native Americans and their non-Native allies taking on the fossil fuel industry and an increasingly militarized police in this time when climate change threatens the planet."
October 13, 2016 – Award-winning journalist Amy Goodman, charged with criminal trespassing for filming an attack on Native American-led pipeline protesters, will turn herself in to North Dakota authorities at the Morton County–Mandan Combined Law Enforcement and Corrections Center on October 17.
"I will go back to North Dakota to fight this charge. It is a clear violation of the First Amendment," said Goodman. "I was doing my job as a journalist, covering a violent attack on Native American protesters."
UPDATED: Canadian journalist's fight against the RCMP intensifies
The Fahmy Foundation is continuing to support journalist Ben Makuch and Vice Media’s intensifying fight against the RCMP in the Canadian courts.
After being ordered to turn over research materials from Makuch’s contact with an alleged ISIS member in Canada last March, a coalition of advocacy organizations (including the Canadian Civil Liberties Association) filed documents with the Ontario Court of Appeal, arguing that “forcing journalists to act as investigators for police would undermine the critical role news outlets play in a free society”.
Join the global campaign to #ProtectJournalists
As United Nations member states meet for the opening of the 71st session of the General Assembly this week, it’s time to make the protection of journalists a top priority.
Fahmy Foundation has joined Reporters Without Borders and over 100 media & human rights organizations to urge the UN to appoint a Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Safety of Journalists.
LATEST NEWS: CUPE BC endorses Protection Charter
On August 3, CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) BC's Executive Board announced that they have officially endorsed the Protection Charter, and is urging Prime Minister Trudeau to adopt it as official policy.
"Mr. Fahmy spoke at our convention earlier this year, and delegates were visibly moved by the ordeal he endured while wrongfully imprisoned for more than a year in a maximum security prison in Egypt," said CUPE BC President Paul Faoro in a press release. "I have written a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urging him to adopt Mr. Fahmy's Charter, which would help ensure that no other Canadian be forced to repeat his experience."
Click here to learn more about the Protection Charter.
UPDATE: US places British journalist on "no-fly" list
The United States has placed a well-known British journalist, Karl Penhaul, on the US “no-fly List” and is refusing to let him travel to the country. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is calling on the US government to immediately resolve this situation.
Joining the fight against Bill C-51
The Fahmy Foundation stands with human rights and advocacy organizations (like Amnesty International Canada, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and the BC Civil Liberties Association) arguing that Bill C-51 could “seriously jeopardize the rights & freedoms of Canadians”.
UN appeal delivered to ambassador in Geneva
On June 23, Mohamed Fahmy met with Ambassador Rosemary McCarney in Geneva to discuss the safety of journalists and Canadian citizens overseas.
During their meeting, a letter from the Fahmy Foundation and CJFE President Alice Klein officially requesting the appointment of a UN Special Representative for the Safety of Journalists was presented to the Ambassador. READ MORE
Fahmy Foundation joins Reporters Without Borders and 32 other organizations to endorse special envoy proposal
In an effort to provide protection for journalists working around the world, the Fahmy Foundation joined Reporters Without Borders and 32 other organizations, calling on the United Nations to establish a special representative for the Safety of Journalists.
Other prominent organizations and individuals joined the call, including Human Rights Watch, Committee to Protect Journalists, and Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO.
SEE the full list of endorsements here
THREATS TO JOURNALISTS AT "ALL TIME HIGH": Interview with CJFE's Tom Henheffer
Guest post by Cherise Seucharan
After over a decade fighting to defend journalists, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression’s Executive Director Tom Henheffer believes that journalists and advocates are facing more challenges now than ever before.
“The situation for journalists, free expression defenders and human rights activists in the world now is absolutely atrocious. It may be the worst its ever been for journalists. ”
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