Muzzled Media and the Common Great Lakes Agenda

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27 June, 2011
By: Jennifer Jeffs

Past President of the Canadian International Council (CIC).

Last week, the CIC-Waterloo Branch hosted their annual global media panel “Muzzled Media – The Global Challenge” with the Centre for International Governance Innovation. The panel featured Lynn Haddrall, Editor-in-Chief, The Record; Michelle Shephard National Security Reporter, Toronto Star; Allan Thompson, Associate Professor of Journalism, Carleton University and Director at the Centre for Media and Transitional Societies; Anna Maria Tremonti, Host of The Current, CBC Radio; and Sonia Verma Foreign Correspondent, The Globe and Mail. The panel focused on the major risks to journalists working abroad, and the issue of access to information and censorship.

As the launch of this website is due to our musings at the CIC regarding the ways in which technology has altered the roles of traditional media and the skills needed by a foreign correspondent, we found this event particularly timely!

The CIC was proud to partner with The Mowat Centre at the University of Toronto and the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, on the Great Lakes Summit last week.

The summit was based on the idea that regions will be just as important as nation-states in ensuring the well-being of communities in the decades ahead. The summit white paper “The Vital Commons,” concludes that communities across the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Region share common challenges, but are rich with the assets needed to succeed in the global economy. The report fleshes out an agenda for working together to overcoming the challenges and leverage the assets.

We would be very interested in receiving your reactions to the common agenda proposed by this Canada-US think tank partnership.

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