International Press Freedom Award

  • CJFE calls for nominations for 2012 International Press Freedom Awards

    CJFE bestows two International Press Freedom Awards every year in recognition of the courage of journalists who work tirelessly — often risking their lives — so that the news media remain free. The awards will be presented in December, at CJFE's Annual Gala.

    Last year's award winners were Khaled al-Hammadi, from Yemen, and Mohamed Abdelfattah, from Egypt.

    Award nominations must be submitted no later than Friday, June 29, 2012.

    Nominations, or questions, can be sent to Leslie de Freitas, CJFE Manager.
    Tel: +1 416 515 9622.

  • Khaled al-Hammadi (Yemen)

    Khaled al-Hammadi
    2011 International Press Freedom Award

    When a story breaks in Yemen, you’ll usually find Khaled al-Hammadi somewhere in the middle of it. The journalist even camped out alongside demonstrators in Change Square, the impromptu village they erected in February 2011 in Sana’a, the country’s largest city, shortly after a wave of anti-government rallies inspired by the revolt in Tunisia.

  • Mohamed Abdelfattah (Egypt)

    2011 International Press Freedom Award
    Mohamed Abdelfattah

    “The government is trying to spread fear among the population…but I don’t think this will work, because the high dam of fear has already collapsed yesterday, and the water is just flooding massively. The people have broken this fear already,” Egyptian journalist Mohamed Abdelfattah told the CBC. It was the day after the massive demonstration in Alexandria that would mark Egypt’s inclusion in protests sweeping the Middle East and North Africa – now known as the Arab Spring.

  • Khaled al-Hammadi: 2011 International Press Freedom Award

  • Mohamed Abdelfattah: 2011 International Press Freedom Award

  • CJFE announces 2011 International Press Freedom Award recipients

    CJFE honours the work of two Arab Spring reporters with 2011 International Press Freedom Awards

    Both showed passion for free expression and extraordinary courage

    TORONTO, Sept. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) proudly recognizes Khaled al-Hammadi (Yemen) and Mohamed Abdelfattah (Egypt) as this year's recipients of the 2011 International Press Freedom Awards. The awards will be presented at the 14th annual CJFE Gala: A Night to Honour Courageous Reporting, to be held at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto on Thursday, November 24, 2011.

  • Further delays in immigration hearing of Mexican journalist

    CJFE is concerned by the news of further delays in the immigration case of Emilio Gutiérrez Soto, a Mexican journalist now living in New Mexico, and one of the winners of CJFE's 2010 International Press Freedom Awards.

    The Texas Tribune reports that the hearing has been postponed until May 2012 after Gutiérrez's lawyer, Carlos Spector, was subpoenaed to appear in another case causing a conflict with the scheduled hearing. Gutiérrez has been seeking asylum since he was forced to flee Mexico with his son in 2008.

  • Serge Sabouang, Robert Mintya, Bibi Ngota (Cameroon)

    Serge Sabouang is the publisher of the bimonthly newspaper La Nation and presides over the ethics board of Union des Journalists Libres du Cameroun. Robert Mintya is the publisher of the weekly Le Devoir, a newspaper known for its coverage of political events. Bibi Ngota was the editor of the Cameroon Express. All three men were arrested in February 2010, after obtaining, but not publishing, a government document that allegedly implicates a top presidential aide of influence peddling and corruption.

  • Luis Horacio Nájera (Mexico)

    Luis Horacio Nájera is a veteran journalist who reported for La Reforma media group in Ciudad Juarez and other hotspot areas along the Mexican-US border. Throughout his career he has dedicated himself to investigating politically sensitive issues ranging from government corruption to the trafficking of drugs, people and weapons, until fears for his life and his family's safety forced him to seek asylum in Canada.

  • Emilio Gutiérrez Soto (Mexico)

    Emilio Gutiérrez Soto was a correspondent for the Ascension bureau of El Diario, a daily newspaper based in Ciudad Juarez in the North-Western border state of Chihuahua. After writing a number of stories that offended the Mexican military he was forced to flee Mexico with his son and requested asylum in the United States. He spent seven months in an immigration and customs detention center before being released on bond. He is currently awaiting his asylum hearing.

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