CJFE Gala Award Nominations

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

International Press Freedom Award

Each year, the International Press Freedom Award is bestowed in recognition of the journalists around the world who work tirelessly, often risking their lives, so that the news media remain free. The recipient demonstrates a commitment to human rights and has overcome enormous odds simply to produce the news. The recipient of the award will be a journalist or media worker who is a committed professional, or a media organisation, in electronic, print and/or broadcast who:

  • Demonstrates a commitment to human rights;
  • Reports without bias, sexism, racism, etc.;
  • Will benefit from international exposure;
  • Has a personal story which illuminates a larger regional or national human rights issue;
  • And has overcome enormous odds simply to produce the news.

Additional considerations include:

  • Ability of the candidate to travel and attend the event;
  • Ability of the sub-committee to contact the candidate;
  • Accessibility of the country the candidate is from (to share photos and video footage);
  • Connection to the overarching theme of the Gala;
  • And, where the candidate is deceased, is there a strong spokesperson available to accept the award on their behalf.
Annual deadline for nominations: May 30.

Nominations can be sent to gala@cjfe.org, and should include a brief biography of the candidate and a statement describing why they are nominated for this award.


Vox Libera 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.

Annual deadline for nominations: May 30.

Nominations can be sent to gala@cjfe.org, and should include a brief biography of the candidate and a statement describing why they are nominated for this award.


Arnold Amber Award for Investigative Journalism

The CJFE / CWA Canada Arnold Amber Award for Investigative Journalism award celebrates a journalist, investigative researcher or media worker who has made a significant contribution to advancing investigative public interest reporting in Canada. In 2017, the award was renamed in honour of Arnold Amber, a Canadian journalist, labour leader, activist and humanitarian, and includes a $2,000 prize courtesy of CWA Canada. The recipient of the award will be a Canadian journalist, researcher, media worker, or activist who:

  • Has furthered the cause of investigative public interest reporting in Canada through his or her work; and/or
  • Has broken a story or stories of important public interest despite:
    • Direct persecution;
    • A lack of financial and/or other resources;
    • Risks to their career or personal well-being; and/or
    • Attempts to cover up or prevent the release of information.
Annual deadline for nominations: May 30.
Nominations can be sent to gala@cjfe.org, and should include a brief biography of the candidate and a statement describing why they are nominated for this award.

Integrity Award

The Integrity Award recognizes and builds awareness of the need to protect the rights of whistleblowers. The recipient of this award will be an individual or individuals who acted courageously in the public interest without thought of personal gain to expose corruption or illegal or unethical practices in the public of private sectors, and in doing so risked reprisals in the form of threats to their careers, livelihood, or personal freedom.

Annual deadline for nominations: May 30.
Nominations can be sent to gala@cjfe.org, and should include a brief biography of the candidate and a statement describing why they are nominated.

Tara Singh Hayer Memorial Award

The Tara Singh Hayer Memorial Award recognizes a Canadian journalist who, through his or her work, has made an important contribution to reinforcing and promoting the principle of press freedom in Canada or elsewhere, and who has taken personal risks or suffered physical reprisals for their work. Formerly the Canadian Press Freedom Award, this 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 within Canada's borders. The recipient of the award will be a Canadian journalist who:

  • Has highlighted cases of media repression in Canada or around the world;
  • Has chronicled attempts at or actual censorship;
  • Whose work has involved difficult-to-obtain access to information requests;
  • Has taken personal risks or suffered physical reprisals for working as a journalist;
  • And/or has overcome enormous odds simply to produce the news.

Candidates for this award must be nominated by an organisation or individual. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Annual deadline for nominations: May 30.

Nominations can be sent to gala@cjfe.org, and should include a brief biography of the candidate and a statement describing why they are nominated.

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