2014 Gala award winners Oleksiy Matsuka, Kathy Gannon and Dawn Lavell-Harvard (Native Women's Association of Canada). PHOTO: Andrew Williamson
In Canada and around the world, individuals regularly face obstacles in order to get the truth out. Whether the threats be judicial, physical or otherwise, these dedicated and principled people continue to work tirelessly—risking their jobs, their freedom and even their lives—so that the news media remains free.
At the annual CJFE Gala: A Night to Honour Courageous Reporting, CJFE presents the following awards to honour those who champion free expression in different ways:
- International Press Freedom Award
- Vox Libera Award
- Investigative Award
- Integrity Award
- Tara Singh Hayer Memorial Award
The Vox Libera Award is granted to a Canadian individual or organization who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the principles of free expression and who has had made an important and sustained contribution—at home or abroad—to those same principles.
Previous winners include Jameel Jaffer (2015), Native Women's Association of Canada (2014), and Dan Henry (2012).
The Investigative Award celebrates a journalist, investigative researcher or media worker who has made a significant contribution to advancing investigative public interest reporting in Canada.
Previous winners include CBC Aboriginal (2016) and Ken Rubin (2015).
The Integrity Award recognizes and builds awareness of the need to protect the rights of whistleblowers—those who, without thought of personal gain, expose corruption or illegal or unethical practices in the public or private sectors, often risking threats to their careers, livelihood or personal freedom.
Previous winners include Asad Aryubwal (2016), Bob Thompson (2013), and Drs. Shiv Chopra, Margaret Haydon and Gerard Lambert (2011).
The Tara Singh Hayer Memorial Award recognizes a Canadian journalists who, through his or her work, has made an important contribution to reinforcing and promoting the principle of freedom of the press in Canada or elsewhere, and who has taken personal risks or suffered physical reprisals for their work.