A Night to Honour Courageous Reporting


23rd CJFE Gala: A Night to Honour Courageous Reporting

Wednesday, February 15, 2023
The Ritz-Carlton Toronto, ON

 5:30 p.m.  Reception
 7:00 p.m.  Dinner

We invite you to join us at the 2023 CJFE Fundraising Gala,  our first in-person event since 2019, as we honour individuals from Canada and abroad who have risked their jobs, their freedom or even their lives to bring us the truth. 

In these fraught political times, the need to recognize and support those working in the name of free expression has never been more urgent. 

Proceeds from the Gala directly support CJFE’s critical work. This includes:

  • The Journalists in Distress fund for emergency medical fees, temporary housing, relocation expenses and more to media workers whose lives are threatened because of their work.
  • Through our Canadian Issues Committee, advocating for stronger free expression rights and policies in Canada and abroad.
  • Leading international campaigns to free unjustly detained journalists and free expression advocates around the world.
  • Monitoring the state of free expression in Canada.

Please join Canada's leading journalists - along with community, business and academic leaders - in supporting our mission for free expression around the world. The Gala evening includes a cocktail reception and dinner, award presentations, art exhibit sales, special guest appearances and video presentations on press freedom around the world.

The 2023 Gala Chair is journalist and author Carol Off, the former co-host of CBC's As It Happens and a long time supporter of CJFE.

Speaking Truth to Power

February 23, 2021

Hosted by CBC News Senior Correspondent Adrienne Arsenault, Speaking Truth to Power brought together leading U.S. and Canadian journalists to discuss Donald Trump’s “war on the media” and assess its legacy. The hour-long discussion featured stories from front-line journalists who covered the Jan. 6, 2021 demonstrations, rallies and the insurrection that sought to overturn the democratic outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential election; first-hand accounts of the Trump administration’s behind-the-scenes efforts to suppress the media – and the truth; and debate about the future of free speech in an era when social media companies decide who should and should not have a voice.