At the World Press Freedom Day luncheon in Ottawa, an annual event since 1998, awards are presented to Canadian media workers who have made significant contributions to the cause. The winner, picked by a prestigious jury of current and former journalists, receives a $2,000 prize. Past winners have included Kim Bolan (Vancouver Sun), Haroon Siddiqui (Toronto Star), Andrew McIntosh (National Post), Juliet O’Neill, Ottawa Citizen, Tarek Fatah (Canadian Islamic Congress), Gilles Toupin and Joel-Denis Bellavance, La Presse, John Hoey and Anne Marie Todkill (Canadian Medical Journal), IFEX, Daniel Leblanc (Globe and Mail), Michelle Lang (Calgary Herald) (posthumously), Katherine Gannon (Associated Press) and Mohammed Fahmy (Al Jazeera English).
Information for this year’s award:
Each year, the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom (CCWPF) honours a Canadian journalist who has made an outstanding contribution in the past 15 months to the right of freedom of expression. The award, which will be conferred at the annual World Press Freedom Day luncheon on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at the Chateau Laurier Fairmont Hotel, consists of a cash prize of $1000 and a certificate from the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.
Shawn McCarthy, Chair of the Ottawa-based CCWPF invites media organizations and individuals interested in freedom of expression to send in nominations for the 18th annual CCWPF Press Freedom Award.
“Like other media organizations around the world, we celebrate World Press Freedom Day and aim to raise awareness for journalists who face hardships and even risk their lives to bring their stories to the public,” McCarthy said.
The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2016. The nomination form can be found here: http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2016/01/04/20160104_C6809_PDF_EN_591044.pdf
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