Wednesday, May 24, 2000Every year more than 2,000 attacks on journalists and media organizations are registered around the world. For the most part, the heroes who work under these adverse and dangerous conditions are unsung. Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) honours those who adhere to their principles and even risk their lives to keep the news media free with Press Freedom Awards. The 1999 International Press Freedom Awards recognized the dedication of journalists from Mexico, Pakistan and Zimbabwe. In 2000, we will offer two International Press Freedom Awards, which will be presented at a banquet in November in Toronto, Canada. The awards, each worth CDN$2,000 (approx. US$1,350), are offered to journalists or media outlets who have been persecuted and who have not otherwise been recognised with a major media freedom award. The awards will be chosen by a panel of journalists with experience in international reporting. CJFE is asking for nominations from International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX) and CJFE members for these awards based on the criteria below, with a deadline of 30 July 2000. The winner of the award will be a journalist/media outlet who/which: # reports on human rights issues or other issues, or from regions or countries, not often covered by other media # demonstrates a commitment to human rights by reporting without bias, sexism, racism etc. # has not won a major press freedom award from another organisation # will benefit from international exposure due to the difficulty/threats caused by their work # has overcome enormous odds simply to produce the news # has taken personal risks or suffered physical reprisals for working as a journalist When making a nomination, please send biographical information on the journalist/media outlet, along with samples of the nominee's work and contact details. For further information or to submit a nomination, contact Lisa Roberts at CJFE, 489 College Street, Suite 403, Toronto, Ontario M6G 1A5 Canada, tel: +1 416 515 9622, fax: +1 416 515 7879, e-mail: [email protected] THE AWARD consists of a framed plaque and cash prize of $2,000. It will be presented to the winner at the awards ceremony in Toronto in November 2000. Submissions must be received by: July 30, 2000
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