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.
In recognition of their courage and determination, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) bestows two International Press Freedom Awards every year. In 2000, CJFE honoured journalists from Colombia and Iran.
The winner of the award will be a journalist/media outlet who/that:
* 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 organization;
* will benefit from international exposure due to the difficulty/threats caused by their work;
* has overcome enormous odds simply to produce the news;
* and has taken personal risks or suffered physical reprisals for working as a journalist
When making a nomination, please send biographical information on the journalist/media outlet, along with samples of the nominee's work and contact details.
Each award consists of a framed plaque and cash prize of CDN$2,000. They will be presented to the winner at a ceremony in Toronto on 8 November 2001.
Submissions must reach CJFE by 31 July 2001
For further information or to submit a nomination, please contact David Cozac at CJFE, 489 College Street, Suite 403, Toronto, Ontario M6G 1A5 Canada, tel: +1 416 515 9622, fax: +1 416 515 7879, e-mail: email@example.com.