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.
Terry Gould is a Brooklyn-born investigative journalist based in Canada who focuses on organized crime and social issues. Gould is a former magazine editor, as well as television editor, programmer and writer. He spent the past four years researching and writing the book “Murder without Borders: Dying for the Story in the World’s Most Dangerous Places” (2009). This book portrays the lives of seven brave journalists killed because of their work. In order to collect his information he travelled to the journalists’ countries, interviewed their families, friends and sometimes their murderers.
French-Canadian journalist Guy-André Kieffer was last seen in an Abidjan shopping centre on April 16, 2004. At the same time, his car disappeared and his cell phone was cut off. In the weeks before his disappearance he told friends and family that he had been receiving death threats. While Ivorian authorities were slow to investigate, the French government appointed a French investigating judge, Patrick Ramaël who appears to have made progress in the case.
Zahra Kazemi was born in Iran but left her native country in 1974 for France. She came to Canada in 1993 and eventually acquired Canadian citizenship. In the past 10 years, she has covered stories in the Middle East, Africa and Afghanistan as a freelance photojournalist.
Her last assignment, for the Montreal-based magazine Recto-Verso, was in her native Iran. While there, she was arrested June 23 outside a notorious Tehran prison for taking photos of the building's exterior.