Journalists and activists around the globe are marking world press freedom day.
In Vancouver, a small crowd with signs reading ‘journalism is not a crime’ gathered at the art gallery.
Organizer Samantha Monckton says she believes globally the climate for journalists is getting worse
“In the old days where you used to have ‘Press’ written on your chest in war torn areas, it used to mean you were protected and were able to report on what was going on, but now it seems to be if you have press written on your chest it seems to be more of a target.”
“If that sort of draconian idea can be passing now, who knows what our government can be capable of in terms of silencing media. And just people and freedom of expression in general.”
Reporters Without Borders counts 158 journlists jailed and 176 citizens imprisoned for online activity as of 2015.
In April, jailed Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy was finally granted a passport — but remains stranded in the African country.