Thanks for making the 2012 Gala a memorable event

Photo: Saman Aghvami
Thursday, December 6, 2012

The 15th annual CJFE Gala was a humbling and inspirational evening

Thank you to everyone who made this year's Gala such a memorable event. We were all moved by the compelling stories of our award winners and they felt welcomed and buoyed by the positive reception received from all who attended. The night was filled with many powerful stories and memorable moments.

The high points of the evening were hearing from courageous award winners Mae Azango, Rami Jarrah (by video message while his award was accepted by his father Nouri Jarrah), the dynamic team from Enquête, and media lawyer Dan Henry.

Perhaps the best line of the night was from the room’s favourite Liberian journalist Mae Azango, “I save my ink for ordinary people, not politicians.”

CBC foreign correspondent Nahlah Ayed and CTV correspondent Omar Sachedina were wonderful hosts and led us through a packed program of stories and images that inspired, moved and made us think.

We would like to share a few small ways that you can stay involved with the important work of CJFE:

Join the campaign. Last night marked the launch of our new video campaign: Our Right to Information is Disappearing. The video speaks to the failing state of access to information in Canada. Please watch and share the video, and take our survey.

Catch all the evening's events. For anyone who couldn’t join us in person, you can visit our live blog to get a play by play of the evening.

View all of the videos. Take a few minutes to learn more about the courageous individuals we were proud to present with much deserved awards.

CJFE is grateful to all those who supported our 15th annual Gala, by attending, volunteering and working to make the night happen.

Looking for more ways you can support CJFE? Volunteer, donate, join our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter.


Dan Henry's acceptance speech for the Vox Libera Award
Enquête's acceptance speech for the Tara Singh Hayer Award
Nouri Jarrah's acceptance speech on behalf of his son Rami Jarrah, for the International Press Freedom Award
Mae Azango's acceptance speech for the International Press Freedom Award


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