Wednesday, July 22, 2009Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) hosts a special evening featuring prominent artists, journalists and members of Toronto's Sierra Leonean community to celebrate and raise funds for Pikin News- a newspaper developed and produced exclusively by Sierra Leonean youth. Pikin News, (Children's News), was launched in December 2006 to provide a platform for children and youth to discuss pressing issues that affect them, such as child labour, political corruption, women's issues, and their dreams for the future of their country. The paper's young contributors, ranging from ages 12 through 17, represent a generation that has been deeply impacted by the country's 11-year civil war and its aftermath. Speakers will read articles and poetry from Pikin News - a newspaper like no other. Host: Rudy Blair, 680 News radio host Speakers: Austin Clarke, C.M., O.Ont, award-winning author, member of Order of Canada Jennifer Hollett, former MuchMusic VJ, journalist and social activist Mariatu Kamara, UNICEF Special Representative - Children and Armed Conflict Innocent Madawo, Zimbabwean author and journalist Susan McClelland, award-winning journalist and writer Umu Nabie, student and aspiring journalist from Sierra Leone Leah Pinsent, Gemini award-winning actress Performers: Ooh La La, traditional African dance troupe When: Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 Doors Open 6:00 p.m./Program 8:00 p.m. Where: Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St West (West of Dufferin), Toronto For more information please contact: Megan Mitton (416) 515-9622 x.231 assistant AT cjfe.org
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