On December 3, CJFE presented the 2014 Tara Singh Hayer Memorial Award to Canadian journalist and Associated Press Special Regional Correspondent for Afghanistan and Pakistan Kathy Gannon at the 2014 CJFE Gala: A Night to Honour Courageous Reporting.
Watch the entirety of Gannon's speech below, or, read the full transcript underneath the video.
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 Afghanistan, the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the bitter Afghan civil war between Islamic factions and the rise and fall of the Taliban. Gannon was the only Western journalist allowed in Kabul by the Taliban in the weeks preceding the 2001 U.S.-British offensive in Afghanistan.
Evening features exclusive photo exhibit and silent auction of work by late AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus
Enquête is an award-winning investigative journalism TV program on Radio-Canada hosted by Alain Gravel. While Enquête was already known for unearthing controversial scoops, such as Canadian Olympic champion Genviève Jeanson’s use of performance enhancing drugs in 2007, the show gained notoriety for risk-taking journalism for its investigation of widespread corruption and Mafia involvement in the Québec construction industry.
Radio-Canada’s investigative news program Enquête exposed political, legal and corporate corruption in the face of tremendous pressure in Quebec
TORONTO (October 23, 2012) - Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) is honoured to present its 2012 Tara Singh Hayer Memorial Award to Enquête, Radio-Canada’s investigative television program, for taking great risks to expose major cases of corruption in Québec. The award will be presented at the 15th Annual CJFE Gala, to be held December 5, 2012, at the Fairmont Royal York hotel in Toronto.