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.
Recent projects include presenting the 12-point Protection Charter with Amnesty International (Canada) in Ottawa to ensure greater advocacy for Canadians overseas.
For imprisoned journalists, prisoners of conscience, and their families, our campaigns provide much-needed advocacy, public awareness and critical support.
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Suppressing free press is ‘how dictators get started’: John McCain on Trump’s media comments
Canadian Journalists Mohamed Fahmy, Patrick Legacé, Ben Maku in Ottawa with CJFE calling on government to protect press freedom
Click here for an exclusive interview with VICE journalist Ben Makuch on his legal battle against the RCMP. By Keri Coles
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”.
6 reporters spied on by Quebec police - CBC
CBC - Quebec provincial police confirm that six members of the press were spied on in 2013 as part of a police investigation that was launched on the same day that a labour union boss filed a complaint.
Earlier this week, the Montreal newspaper La Presse revealed one of its columnists was the subject of a police warrant to track his cellphone communication.
Montreal police obtained 24 warrants this year to track Patrick Lagacé's whereabouts using the GPS chip in his iPhone, and to obtain the identities of everyone he communicated with.
The news prompted political leaders to call for greater protection of journalists...
Click here to read full CBC article.
Fahmy Foundation joins Reporters Without Borders and over 120 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 over 120 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
Mohamed Fahmy to Speak on Discussion Panel at University of Toronto in Support of Saeed Malekpour.
On February 3, Mohamed Fahmy will be joining politicians, academics, and human rights activists on a panel at the University of Toronto in support of Saeed Malekpour.
A permanent resident of Canada and an Iranian national, Saeed Malekpour has been imprisoned in Iran since 2008 on charges of “insulting and desecrating Islam.” For more information on the campaign for his freedom, please see the Fahmy Foundation's campaign page here.
The panel discussion will take place at the University of Toronto on Friday, February 3 from 6:30-8:30pm.
SEE FULL EVENT DETAILS HERE
Fahmy Foundation urges PM Trudeau to endorse campaign for safety of journalists
On November 2, 2016 Fahmy Foundation joined CJFE, Canadian organizations and media outlets urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to lend his support to and publicly endorse the campaign to appoint a Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for the safety of journalists
THREATS TO JOURNALISTS AT "ALL TIME HIGH": Interview with CJFE's Tom Henheffer
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. ”
Criminal charges against Justin Brake a serious attack on press freedom
Criminal charges have just been laid against Justin Brake, reporter for The Independent and recent nominee for a 2016 Human Rights Award, for covering protests related to the controversial Muskrat Falls hydroelectric construction project in Labrador.
The Fahmy Foundation joins the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression in condemning this attack on press freedom.
Mohamed Fahmy and Amnesty International propose enshrining a new law to obligate government to defend the rights of Canadians imprisoned abroad
1,376 Canadians are currently incarcerated abroad, many under oppressive regimes, held on trumped up charges and facing grave human rights violations. Fahmy’s work is fueled by his desire to protect other Canadian citizens from the horrors of his own experience: 438 days in an Egyptian jail for performing his job as a journalist. With more than five million Canadians outside of Canada at any one time, this issue is of national importance. Amnesty International is working alongside Fahmy to urge the Canadian government to enshrine in law the right for all Canadian citizens to receive consular assistance and equal treatment. Their proposed #protectioncharter is calling on the Liberal government to defend the rights of Canadians imprisoned abroad.
Read About the Campaign, and the Full List of Endorsers
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