National Action Plan on Open Government Commitment

C02.2.7 - Democracy and Civic Space

Commitment:
Democracy and Civic Space
Milestone:
Continue protecting democracy at home and abroad and safeguarding Canada’s electoral and democracy processes by combatting foreign threats to democracy
Indicator:
C02.2.7 - As co-chairs of the Media Freedom Coalition in 2022, Canada will take positive steps towards strengthening capacity to defend journalists around the world and protect the right to freedom of expression, public interest media, and the safety of journalists
Lead Organization:
Global Affairs Canada
Deadline:
By December 2022
Summit for Democracy:
Yes

Updates

2022-09
Status:
Substantial progress
Evidence of progress:

•The Media Freedom Coalition issued 1 statement on a specific case of media freedom (killing of Shireen Abu Akleh).
• The Media Freedom Coalition, Freedom Online Coalition, and International IDEA co-hosted a UN General Assembly High-Level Week side event on Upholding Democracy and Human Rights in the Face of Rising Disinformation on September 20th.

2022-06
Status:
Substantial progress
Evidence of progress:

•Issued 2 statements on specific cases of media freedom at risk and 1 thematic statement.
• Canada participated at the World Press Freedom Day Global Conference, organized by UNESCO in Uruguay in May 2022.
• Canada co-led, with the Netherlands, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) biannual resolution on Freedom of Expression in June 2022.

2022-03
Status:
Limited progress
Evidence of progress:

•Provided $1 million to the Global Media Defence Fund in February 2022 at the Global Conference for Media Freedom. •MInister Joly co-hosted the ministerial conference on February 9 in Estonia under the auspices of the Global Conference for Media Freedom.
•Issued 2 statements on specific cases of media freedom at risk and 1 thematic statement.

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