Call for Nominations for Tara Singh Hayer Press Freedom Award

Monday, June 11, 2001
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, 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 2000 and 30 June 2001. A single piece of work may be submitted or a series limited to four items on the same subject. Please submit two complete copies of the work. 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 $2,000. It will be presented to the winner at a ceremony in Toronto on 8 November 2001. Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson will be the keynote speaker. Deadline for submissions: 31 July 2001 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) * Covering letter * Two completed copies of the following information on one page: Name: Address: Home telephone: Fax: E-mail: Media organization: Title of piece: Where published/aired: Publication/airing date(s): Please ensure that your name appears on each page of your application and on all material submitted, and number all pages. Samples will not be returned. Please return submissions to: Canadian Journalists for Free Expression 489 College Street, Suite 403 Toronto, Ontario M6G 1A5 Submissions must reach CJFE by 31 July 2001 For further information, please contact David Cozac at CJFE, 489 College Street, Suite 403, Toronto, Ontario, M6G 1A5, tel: 416-515-9622, fax: 416-515-7879, e-mail: cozac@cjfe.org.

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