Canada’s largest association of professional communicators, The Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) today joins other global communications organizations in expressing support for journalists in their pursuit of the truth unfettered by political or other interference.
“The Canadian Public Relations Society is founded on the principles of open, free and ethical communication. As such, we support the statement
from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and eight other professional communications organizations,” said CPRS President Dana Dean, APR, FCPRS, LM. “The principles of free speech and the fundamental importance of a free press are foundational to a free and open democracy, regardless of nation.”
CPRS is taking this stand today as the largest national organization representing public relations professionals in Canada. To quote the PRSA statement:
“As organizations devoted to professionals across the communications industry, we are dependent on a free press, and rely upon it as we speak honestly and fearlessly on behalf of ourselves, our companies, clients and causes. A free press provides citizens access to information and opinions so they can make their own judgments.
“We collaboratively declare our support for journalists who bravely seek the truth, focus on facts, and hold government, business and other institutions accountable.”
In Canada, the CPRS Code of Professional Standards
sets expectations for public relations and communications practitioners. The position of CPRS is clear: ethical, honest, and respectful methods of communication are crucial to achieve mutual understanding, realize organizational goals, and serve the public interest.
We stand by our public relations and media colleagues in striving to achieve these goals together.