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Mae Azango, International Press Freedom Award recipient, at the 2012 CJFE Gala: A Night to Honour Courageous Reporting | Photo: Saman Aghvami


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


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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. The 2014 award recipients will be announced later in the fall.


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
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

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  • International Press Freedom Award

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    Mebrahtu Teclesion Berhe, Ruth Zecarias and Dessale Berekhet Abraham are three Eritrean journalists who created...

  • Integrity Award

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