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Mebrahtu Teclesion Berhe, International Press Freedom Award recipient, at the 2013 CJFE Gala: A Night to Honour Courageous Reporting


What you don’t know CAN hurt you. Free expression is under attack around the world – and in our own backyard. Never before have we had so many ways to communicate, nor have we been faced with more ways to be silenced and censored.

At the CJFE Gala: A Night to Honour Courageous Reporting, we feature stories that we would never have known about if people had not risked their jobs, their freedom or even their lives to tell us. This annual event is an opportunity to hear these stories and pay tribute to some of these brave individuals.


Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Location: Fairmont Royal York hotel, Toronto, ON
(See map for parking and road closure information)

6:00 p.m. Cocktail reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner and Program


The attire for the Gala is Business.


Tickets for the 2014 Gala are now sold out. For questions about tickets or tables, please contact Tom Henheffer at thenheffer@cjfe.org.


Baby Arugula Salad and Mesclun Salad, Shaved Asiago, Dried Figs,
Grape Tomatoes and Toasted Pine Nuts, Orange Lavender Dressing

Sage Roasted Poussin, Caramelized Pearl Onions & Wild Morels,
Truffled Greens & White Bean Fricassee, Baby Squash Niagara Red Wine Pan Reduction

Grilled Roasted Corn, Asiago & Garden Herb Polenta Cakes, Fennel and Saffron Fondue,
Blistered Asparagus, Ratatouille Vegetables, Chick Pea and Roasted Garlic Purée

Guava and Mango Mousse, Blood Orange Sorbet

Please advise us of any dietary restrictions or allergies in advance by emailing Samir Siddiqui at ssiddiqui@cjfe.org


Interested in sponsoring the 2014 CJFE Gala? Visit our sponsorship page for more information.


Each year CJFE honours courageous journalists and citizens who defend press freedom and free expression in Canada and internationally. Take a look at our previous award winners for some of the amazing stories we've been able to tell.

Kathy Gannon
For more than two decades, Kathy Gannon has been a special regional correspondent for AP in Pakistan and Afghanistan. In April 2014, she and her longtime work partner Anja Niedringhaus were shot at by an Afghan policeman. Niedringhaus was killed instantly.

CJFE is honoured to present Kathy Gannon with the 2014 Tara Singh Hayer Memorial Award in recognition of her courage, determination to speak truth to power, and dedication to the people whose lives she charts so faithfully.

Read more about Gannon's story.

Oleksiy Matsuka
Oleksiy Matsuka is a veteran investigative journalist from Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. In August 2011, an unidentified intruder set Matsuka’s apartment on fire following the publication of several articles on the embezzlement of public funds by senior regional officials. The attacker left a wreath on the front door inscribed with the note: “To Oleksiy, from grieving friends.”

Despite this, and a number of other attacks, Matsuka doggedly continues his reporting and refuses to be intimidated or silenced. For his courageous work, CJFE is awarding Matsuka with the 2014 International Press Freedom Award.

Read more about Matsuka's story.

Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC)
The Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) was instrumental in documenting the number of Indigenous women who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada since the 1980s. CJFE is honoured to present NWAC with the 2014 Vox Libera Award for their work in bringing this crucial issue of public interest to light.

Read more about NWAC's story.


This year the CJFE Gala will feature an exclusive photo exhibit and silent auction of work from the late Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus.

Niedringhaus was killed on April 4, 2014, while working in Afghanistan alongside Canadian journalist Kathy Gannon, this year’s Tara Singh Hayer Award recipient.


Carol Off is the Chair of the CJFE Gala Committee, and co-host of CBC Radio's As It Happens.


Denise Donlon, C.M., Canadian Broadcast Executive, Host and Producer
Wendy Freeman, President, CTV News
Patrick Gossage, Founder and Chair, Media Profile
Margo Kelly, Arts Reporter, CBC Radio
Frank Switzer, Vice-President Corporate Communications, Sun Life Financial
Krista Webster, President and Partner, Veritas Communications
Lyn Whitham, Marketing and Communications Consultant
Madeline Ziniak, National Vice-President, Rogers OMNI Television

Latest award winners


  • Tara Singh Hayer Memorial Award

    Photo: AP

    Kathy Gannon serves as special regional correspondent for Pakistan and Afghanistan for The Associated Press.

    She has covered the region for the AP as a correspondent and bureau chief since 1988, a period that spans the withdrawal of Russian soldiers from...

  • International Press Freedom Award

    Oleksiy Matsuka is a veteran investigative journalist from Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. He has worked as the editor of the regional news website Novosti Donbassa, which charts politics, corruption, and abuses of authority, for the past 10 years.

    In August...

  • Vox Libera Award

    The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is an organization representing Aboriginal women in Canada with the goal to “enhance, promote, and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of First Nations and Métis women...