In Canada and around the world, individuals regularly face obstacles in order to get the truth out. Whether the threats be judicial, physical or otherwise, these dedicated and principled individuals continue to work tirelessly—risking their jobs, their freedom and even their lives—so that the news media remain free.
At the 17th annual CJFE Gala: A Night to Honour Courageous Reporting, CJFE presented three awards to honour those who champion free expression in different ways.
Tara Singh Hayer Memorial Award:
For more than two decades, Kathy Gannon has been a special regional correspondent for AP in Pakistan and Afghanistan. In April 2014, she and her longtime work partner Anja Niedringhaus were shot at by an Afghan policeman. Niedringhaus was killed instantly.
CJFE awarded her the 2014 Tara Singh Hayer Memorial Award in recognition of her courage, determination to speak truth to power and dedication to the people whose lives she charts so faithfully.
International Press Freedom Award:
Oleksiy Matsuka is a Ukrainian investigative journalist. In 2011, an unidentified intruder set his apartment on fire following the publication of articles on the embezzlement of public funds by senior regional officials.
Despite this and a number of other attacks, Matsuka continues his reporting and refuses to be intimidated or silenced. CJFE awarded Matsuka with the 2014 International Press Freedom Award for his courageous work.
Vox Libera Award:
Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC)
The Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) has been instrumental in documenting the number of Indigenous women who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada since the 1980s.
CJFE awarded NWAC with the 2014 Vox Libera Award for their work in bringing this crucial issue of public interest to light.