Monday, November 15, 2004Canada's leading corporate executives and journalists join Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) at a gala dinner tonight to honour freedom of expression both here and abroad. Dr. John Polanyi, Nobel Laureate, will deliver a keynote speech entitled "A Scientist on Freedom". Master of Ceremonies is Alison Smith and prominent guests include Carol Off, Lloyd Robertson, Knowlton Nash, Tom Walkom, John Fraser, Janice Stein, Lisa Laflamme, Jan Wong, Andy Barrie and Richard Gwyn. The winners of CJFE's 2004 International Press Freedom Awards are Sihem Bensedrine of Tunisia and the staff and founders of The Daily News in Zimbabwe. Pedzisai Ruhanya, Deputy News Editor of The Daily News will accept the award for his colleagues. Guy-André Kieffer, a Franco-Canadian who worked as a free-lance journalist in Cote d'Ivoire will be honoured with this year's Tara Singh Hayer Memorial Award. His son, Sebastien Kieffer, will accept the award for his father who was kidnapped on April 16, 2004 and is presumed dead. WHAT: 7th annual CJFE awards dinner and presentation of International Press Freedom Awards - Interviews available upon request WHERE: Westin Harbour Castle Frontenac Room 1 Harbour Square Toronto, Ontario WHEN: Wednesday, November 17, 2004 Photo opportunity with winners 6:00 pm Dinner and remarks start at 7:00pm In dozens of countries around the world, journalists regularly face daunting obstacles in order to get the news out. Whether the threats are judicial, physical or otherwise, these dedicated and principled individuals continue to work tirelessly - often risking their lives - so that the news media remain free. In recognition of their courage and determination, CJFE bestows two International Press Freedom Awards every year. Proceeds from the annual awards dinner help protect free expression in Canada, and support embattled journalists around the world. The Tara Singh Hayer Press Freedom Award is given to a Canadian journalist who, through his or her work, has made an important contribution to reinforcing and promoting the principle of freedom of the press in this country or elsewhere. Tara Singh Hayer was a Canadian journalist and editor of the Vancouver-based Indo-Canadian Times, who was assassinated in November 1998.
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