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Milgaard to speak at Museum 50 years after arrest

Close-up of a man’s face looking skyward in a thoughtful pose. He is wearing glasses and there are blurry spots of light in the background.

Photo: The Canadian Press, Geoff Howe

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Fifty years after being arrested for a murder he didn’t commit, David Milgaard will speak at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) about the power of freedom of the press, which helped clear his name. The May 5 event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ), being held this year in Winnipeg.

Milgaard was wrongfully charged with murder in Saskatoon in 1969 when he was just 16 years old. He was convicted and spent nearly 23 years in prison. After decades of tireless advocacy by his mother and sustained pressure from the media, he was finally released on April 14, 1992. 

The May 5 panel discussion will also include CBC investigative journalists Cecil Rosner and Carl Karp, who wrote the 1991 book When Justice Fails: The David Milgaard Story. Milgaard’s former lawyer David Asper will also participate. The panel will be moderated by Globe and Mail reporter Jana Pruden.

WHAT: David Milgaard to speak in panel discussion

WHEN: 10 a.m., Sunday, May 5

WHERE: Bonnie & John Buhler Hall, Level 1,
Canadian Museum for Human Rights, 85 Israel Asper Way, Winnipeg

For the general public, a free ticket is required to attend this event, available online or from the Ticketing Desk at the CMHR Main Entrance.

At the Museum, Milgaard’s image is featured on the large digital canvas in the Canadian Journeys gallery, drawing attention to digital exhibit information about the right to a fair trial and equality before the law.

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The Canadian Association of Journalists is Canada's largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing about 700 members across the country. The CAJ's primary roles are to provide public-interest advocacy and high-quality professional development for its members.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the only museum in the world that explores human rights as an aspiration for all people. Using innovative approaches to storytelling, it creates inspiring encounters with human rights for all ages and abilities, in a visitor experience unlike any other. The CMHR is a national museum of Canada – the only one located in the West.

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