CJFE sponsors new fellowship for foreign journalists

Sunday, April 14, 2002
At a time when it is difficult - and dangerous - to be a journalist in many parts of the world, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) is pleased to announce a new measure aimed at helping deserving journalists from abroad. CJFE, along with Massey College and the Donner Foundation, today announce the creation of the new Donner/CJFE Journalist At Risk Fellowship, an experimental one-year program to give a deserving foreign journalist a mid-career sabbatical in Canada. The fellowship will cover expenses for a journalist from abroad to spend an academic year (eight months) at Massey College in Toronto, auditing courses of his or her choice. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to meet Canadian journalists and to hone his or her skills further. "We are delighted to be able to offer assistance to a deserving colleague from abroad," CJFE President Arnold Amber said. "Canada has played a leadership role in fighting for freedom of expression for journalists around the world. This fellowship continues that tradition." The first Fellow will be chosen by a CJFE jury later in the Spring and will arrive in Canada next September to begin his or her studies. CJFE, Massey College and the Donner Foundation hope eventually to develop this experimental fellowship into a permanent program. CJFE is an association of journalists, writers, producers and media workers dedicated to the ideal of free expression and journalistic rights in Canada and around the world. For further information, please contact Joel Ruimy, Executive Director, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Tel 416 515 9622, Fax 416 515 7879, Email [email protected]

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