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Canadian Press Freedom Award nominations open

Updated: Feb 9, 2021


Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom
The annual Press Freedom Award of the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom goes to a journalist or media worker in Canadian print, digital or broadcasting who has made a significant contribution to freedom of expression. PHOTO: Image Collab

The Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom (CCWPF) announced on 10 February that nominations for the annual Press Freedom Award of the CCWPF are open. This annual award goes to a journalist or media worker in Canadian print, digital or broadcasting who has made a significant contribution to freedom of expression.

Shawn McCarthy, president of the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom, says this is often done by advancing press freedom through the subjects they report on or by standing up to government or private interests that would thwart reporting of events or stories of significant public interest. He says institutions that work towards the same objectives may also apply or be nominated.

“Nominations based on work related to press freedom in 2019 are now open. The winner receives a $2,000 prize and a certificate from the Canadian Commission for UNESCO at the annual World Press Freedom Day Luncheon in Ottawa on 5 May 2020. The application deadline is 15 March 2020,” says the president.

According to McCarthy, the CCWPF is among many organizations that seeks to raise awareness about journalists who face hardship including imprisonment or even risk their lives to inform the public. The president says the CCWPF 2019 press freedom award winner was Michael Robinson, a journalist with The Telegraph-Journal in Saint John, New Brunswick, whose in