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Canadian Journalists for Free Expression Press Freedom Awards


Deadline: Varies depending on the award, April to July, annually

Eligibility: The winner of the award will be a journalist/media outlet who/which: * reports on human rights issues or other issues, or from regions or countries, not often covered by other media * demonstrates a commitment to human rights by reporting without bias, sexism, racism etc. * has not won a major press freedom award from another organisation * will benefit from international exposure due to the difficulty/threats caused by their work * has overcome enormous odds simply to produce the news * has taken personal risks or suffered physical reprisals for working as a journalist

Value: Two Awards are offered, each consisting of a framed plaque and cash prize of $2,000. They will be presented to the winners at an awards ceremony in Toronto in November.

Contact: Julie Payne

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
555 Richmond St. W., Suite 1101, P.O. Box 407,
Toronto, ON M5V 3B1
Phone: 416-515-9622
FAX: 416-515-7879
E-Mail: cjfe@cjfe.org
Website: http://www.cjfe.org

Description: In dozens of countries around the world, journalists regularly face obstacles in order to get the news out. Whether the threats be judicial, physical or otherwise, these dedicated and principled individuals continue to work tirelessly - often risking their lives - so that the news media remain free. Canadian Journalists for Free Expression offers the following awards to honour those who champion free expression in different ways: INTEGRITY AWARD: this award recognizes and builds awareness of the need to protect the rights of whistleblowers, those people who, without thought of personal gain and at personal and professional risk, expose corruption, or illegal or unethical practices in the public or private sectors. INTERNATIONAL PRESS FREEDOM AWARD: this award recognizes the courage of journalists around the world who work tirelessly, at great personal risk and against enormous odds, simply to produce the news. TARA SINGH HAYER MEMORIAL AWARD: The award recognizes a Canadian journalist or organization who, through their work, has made an important contribution to reinforcing and promoting the principle of freedom of the press in this country or elsewhere. VOX LIBERA AWARD: The Vox Libera Award is granted to a Canadian who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the principles of free expression and who has had made an important and sustained contribution, at home or abroad, to those same principles.

Further Details: For further information or to submit a nomination, contact CJFE. When making a nomination, please send biographical information on the journalist/media outlet, along with samples of the nominee's work and contact details.

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