Quebec journalists approve idea of “professional journalist” title

Quebec journalists  have voted overwhelmingly in favour
of creating a professional status or title. More than 86 percent of the vote by
members of the  Fédération professionnelle des journalists du Québec
, supported a form of professional certification. Turnout in the
referendum was 58 percent.  

The vote comes two months after a task force recommended the Quebec government
give professional journalists special status, as  well as “adopt laws
that would better protect confidential sources and pressure public institutions
to comply with access to information requests,” according to the Montreal

The FPJQ said at the time it opposed the creation of any professional order
that might place limits on who could engage in journalism.   In 2002,
members had overwhelmingly rejected the idea of asking the government to
legislate on this issue. Read More at Projet-J.