Previous winners of the Press Freedom Award are:
1999 – Kim Bolan of the Vancouver Sun, threatened with violence and placed under police protection during her investigative reporting on the Air India bombing.
2000 – Robert Tripp, an investigative reporter with the Kingston Whig-Standard, was forced by a Canadian court to surrender his notes and tapes in a murder case, despite his assertion that this would violate his free speech rights as a journalist and send a chill throughout the news media.
2001 – Corinna Schuler, staff correspondent for the National Post, was the survivor of a massacre in Sierra Leon and faced numerous threats while providing front-line coverage of conflicts in Africa.
2002 – Haroon Siddiqui of the Toronto Star for his long-standing defence of journalists’ right to freedom from censorship and the importance of free expression as an underpinning of democracy.
2003 – IFEX, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange, for its decade-long defence of journalists’ rights to free expression.
2004 – Andrew McIntosh of the National Post for the struggle to protect sources from the RCMP after the newspaper revealed that then-Prime Minister Jean Chretien had lobbied the Business Development Bank of Canada to grant a loan to a near-bankrupt hotel in the Prime Minister’s riding.
2005 – Juliet O’Neill of the Ottawa Citizen whose home was raided by the RCMP seeking the sources of her story about the RCMP investigation of Maher Arar, the Syrian-born Canadian deported by the United States to Syria where was imprisoned and tortured.
2006 – Dr. John Hoey and Anne Marie Todkill, dismissed by the Canadian Medical Association Journal, for defending their rights to editorial freedom.
2007 – Tarek Fatah, resigned from the Muslim Canadian Congress after enduring three years of death threats to himself and his family for expressing his moderate views in the face of intimidation.
2008 – Gilles Toupin and Joël-Denis Bellavance of the Ottawa Bureau of La Presse, took a courageous stand in refusing to reveal the confidential source of a secret document in a case involving a suspected Al-Qaeda terrorist. See report of 2008 event)
2009 – Daniel Leblanc risked judicial censure for protecting a confidential source in the sponsorship scandal.
2010 – Calgary Herald reporter Michelle Lang and four soldiers accompanying her, was killed on the job in Afghanistan on December 30, 2009.
2011 – The Citizen Lab, based at the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto, was selected for its ongoing dedication to free expression online through work that exposes cases of Internet censorship and espionage around the world.
The award, presented at the luncheon, includes a certificate from the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and a cash prize of $2,000.