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.
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Three years ago, members of the IFEX network met in Beirut to discuss attacks on free expression and how to defend those who are targeted for speaking truth to power.
TORONTO (Nov 18, 2013) - Fearing for his life and on the run from his government, journalist Aaron Berhane fled his home country of Eritrea. The paper he co-founded, Setit, had published an article critical of the country's government — a dangerous act in Eritrea, a country widely considered to be the most heavily censored in the world. Berhane eventually found asylum in Toronto, but many of his colleagues were arrested and sent to Eiraeiro, a notoriously brutal prison. Four have been confirmed dead, and six others haven't been heard from since.
By Miles Kenyon
From Nelson Mandela to Martin Luther King Jr, some of the world’s greatest political activists have been both writers and prisoners, with each part of this dual identity equally fueling the other. Today marks the Day of the Imprisoned Writer, a day created to draw stark attention to all those who have sacrificed their freedom because they have chosen to speak out against injustices in their society. Today is about recognition, action and change.
By Alex Zakreski
At our 16th annual CJFE Gala: A Night to Honour Courageous Reporting, we are honouring four individuals with CJFE International Press Freedom Awards (IPFA) for their extraordinary work. Over the years, CJFE has recognized a number of individuals from countries around the world who have risked their jobs, freedom and even their lives to report on important stories in the public interest.