16th Annual Gala celebrates journalists and individuals defending free expression

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Adrienne Arsenault and Beverly Thomson to co-host A Night to Honour Courageous Reporting TORONTO - On December 4, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) will host its 16th annual gala. Four journalists will be honoured with International Press Freedom Awards: Dessale Berekhet Abraham, Mebrahtu Teclesion Berhe and Ruth Zecarias Ghebre from Eritrea, and Ahmet Şik from Turkey. Bob Thomson, from Canada, will receive CJFE’s Integrity Award. The gala, hosted by CBC’s Adrienne Arsenault and CTV’s Beverly Thomson, celebrates the work of individuals who risk their jobs, freedom or even their lives in their quest to bring us the truth. The night honours journalists working under repressive regimes who bring to light critically important stories, as well as whistleblowers who act in the public interest by speaking out against dangerous, unethical or illegal practices they uncovered in the course of doing their jobs. Also featured at this year’s gala is a photo exhibit examining everyday life in Belarus, a country rarely viewed in such intimate detail. The pictures were part of Belarus Press Photo, an annual independent photography competition. The organizers of the competition and one of its winning photographers, were arrested on charges that the Exhibit was “extremist” and deemed to “insult the national honour and dignity of the citizens.” With the generous support of Photo Exhibit co-sponsors Henry’s and the Toronto Star, CJFE is delighted to present this exclusive exhibit on December 4. What CJFE Gala: A Night to Honour Courageous Reporting When Wednesday, December 4, 2013 Cocktail reception: 6:00 p.m. Dinner and evening program: 7:00 p.m. Where Fairmont Royal York hotel, Toronto About Canadian Journalists for Free Expression CJFE monitors, defends and reports on free expression and access to information in Canada and abroad. Rooted in the field of journalism, we promote a free media as essential to a fair and open society. CJFE boldly champions the free expression rights of all people, and encourages and supports individuals and groups in the protection of their own and others’ free expression rights. Follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #CJFEgala. -30- For more information or to speak with the honorees, please contact: Jeri Brown Media Profile 416-504-8464 Jeri.brown@mediaprofile.com Maria Cortellucci Media Profile 416-504-8464 maria.cortellucci@mediaprofile.com

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