Each year CJFE bestows an International Press Freedom Award in recognition of the courage of journalists around the world who work tirelessly, at great personal risk and against enormous odds, simply to produce the news.
Watch the entirety of Matsuka's speech below, or, read the full transcript underneath the video.
For more highlights from this year's Gala, see The best moments from the 2014 CJFE Gala.
Oleksiy Matsuka is a veteran investigative journalist from Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. He has worked as the editor of the regional news website Novosti Donbassa, which charts politics, corruption, and abuses of authority, for the past 10 years.
In August 2011, an unidentified intruder set Matsuka’s apartment on fire following the publication of several articles on the embezzlement of public funds by senior regional officials. The attacker left a wreath on the front door inscribed with the note: “To Oleksiy, from grieving friends.”
TORONTO – Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) has chosen Ukrainian journalist Oleksiy Matsuka as winner of the 2014 International Press Freedom Award (IPFA). The award will be presented to Matsuka at the 2014 CJFE Gala on December 3 in Toronto.
By: Stephanie Schoenhoff
Mae Azango was the recipient of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) Women Rights Award at the PUL Annual Awards Night and Dinner in Liberia on May 16, 2014.
At the ceremony, Azango was recognized for her courageous reporting on women’s issues and advocacy for women’s rights.
By Alexandra Zakreski