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. Nowhere has this been more apparent lately than in Iraq, where three journalists have been killed covering the war.
In recognition of their courage and determination, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) bestows two International Press Freedom Awards every year. In 2002, CJFE honoured journalists from Kazakhstan and Somalia.
The winner of the award will be a journalist who:
* 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
This award is also open to individual media outlets.
When making a nomination, please send a cover letter, biographical information on the nominee, along with samples of the nominee's work and contact details.
Each award consists of a framed plaque and cash prize of CDN$3,000. They will be presented to the winner at a ceremony in Toronto in November 2003.
Submissions must reach CJFE by 31 July 2003
For further information or to submit a nomination, please contact Joel Ruimy at CJFE, 489 College Street, Suite 403, Toronto, Ontario M6G 1A5 Canada, tel: +1 416 515 9622, fax: +1 416 515 7879, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.