In many parts of the world, journalism remains a dangerous profession. Press freedom organizations around the world have documented countless attacks on journalists and media organizations. The numbers remain disturbingly high, as thousands of cases are registered each year; many others go unreported.
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), through its Press Freedom Awards, honours those dedicated and principled journalists who often risk their lives to get the news out.
That recognition extends to Canadian journalists. In 1999, the Canadian Press Freedom Award was re-named in honour of Tara Singh Hayer, a Canadian journalist and editor of the Vancouver-based Indo-Canadian Times, who was assassinated in November 1998. His murder demonstrated that protecting freedom of expression is a matter of concern not just beyond our borders.
The Tara Singh Hayer Award recognizes a journalist who, through his or her work, has made an important contribution to reinforcing and promoting the principle of freedom of the press in this country or elsewhere.
Submissions can include: work that highlights cases of media repression in another country, chronicles attempts at, or actual censorship, work involving difficult-to-obtain access to information requests or instances in which the journalist faced significant risks or threats, physical or otherwise, to practise his or her profession.
Applications are invited from Canadian journalists working for news media organizations full-, part-time or freelance. Submissions in French or English may be in the form of video tapes, audio tapes, articles or columns aired or published between 1 July 2001 and 30 June 2002. A single piece of work may be submitted or a series limited to four items on the same subject.
A letter outlining the journalist's professional background and how the work fulfils the stated criteria should accompany submissions. Any relevant follow-up information, such as litigation or the public impact of the work, may also be included. The award consists of a framed plaque and cash prize of $3,000. It will be presented to the winner at a ceremony in Toronto in November 2003.
Deadline for submissions: 31 July 2003
Guide to Submissions - Tara Singh Hayer Award
PLEASE INCLUDE WITH YOUR SUBMISSION:
* For print: 2 complete copies of tearsheets
* For broadcast: 2 complete copies of the audio or video tape (VHS format)
* Cover letter nominating the journalist
* The following information on one page: name; address; home telephone; fax; email; media organization; title of piece; where published/aired; and publication/airing date(s)
Samples will not be returned.
Please send submissions to:
Tara Singh Hayer Memorial Award
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
489 College Street, Suite 403
Toronto, Ontario M6G 1A5
Submissions must reach CJFE by 31 July 2003
For further information, please contact Joel Ruimy at CJFE, 489 College Street, Suite 403, Toronto, Ontario, M6G 1A5, tel: 416-515-9622, fax: 416-515-7879, e-mail: email@example.com.