In dozens of countries around the world, journalists regularly face obstacles in order to get the news out. Whether the threats be judicial, physical or otherwise, these dedicated and principled individuals continue to work tirelessly - often risking their lives - so that the news media remain free.
At the CJFE Gala: A Night to Honour Courageous Reporting, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression presents the following awards to honour those who champion free expression in different ways.
New in 2011, CJFE presented the Integrity Award to recognize and build awareness of the need to protect the rights of “whistleblowers,” those people who, without thought of personal gain and at personal and professional risk, expose corruption, or illegal or unethical practices in the public or private sectors. The recipients of this award are individuals who have acted courageously in the public interest without thought of personal gain, and in doing so risked reprisals in the form of threats to their careers, livelihood, or personal freedom.
Read more about the Integrity Award winners.
International Press Freedom Awards
Each year CJFE bestows two International Press Freedom Awards in recognition of the courage of journalists who work tirelessly - often risking their lives - so that the news media remain free.
Read more about the International Press Freedom Award winners.
Tara Singh Hayer Memorial Award
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. The award recognizes a Canadian journalist or organization who, through their work, has made an important contribution to reinforcing and promoting the principle of freedom of the press in this country or elsewhere.
Read more about the Tara Singh Hayer Memorial Award winners.
Vox Libera Award
The Vox Libera Award is granted to a Canadian 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.
Read more about the CJFE Vox Libera Award winners.