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The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) or L'Association Canadienne des Journalistes in French is a Canadianmarker organization of professional journalists created to promote excellence in journalism and encourage investigative journalism. The CAJ acts as a national voice for Canadian journalists.

History

The CAJ was founded in 1978 as the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ). A few senior Canadian journalists founded the CIJ to counteract the isolation of the one or two reporters in the average newsroom who did investigative work. One of CIJ's initiatives was the Canadian Committee to Protect Journalists, a press freedom group that later became Canadian Journalists for Free Expression(CJFE). In 1990, the organization changed its name to its current form to reflect a broader emphasis on all journalism and attract additional members. Promoting investigate journalism remains one of the CAJ's main goals.

Awards

The CAJ holds an annual conference during which it presents various awards including a Computer-Assisted Reporting award. In addition to awards for professional excellence, the CAJ presents a Code of Silence Award to celebrate "Canada's rich bureaucratic culture of secrecy."

CAJ's most recent conference, Muck Rake 2004, was held in Vancouver starting May 7, 2004. Health Canada, the department of health of the Canadian federal government, won its third Code of Silence award.

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