Luis Horacio Nájera,Winner of 2011/12 Scotiabank/CJFE Fellowship at Massey College

TORONTO, June 23, 2011 /CNW/ - Scotiabank, together with Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) and Massey College, are pleased to announce that Luis Horacio Nájera has been awarded the Scotiabank/CJFE Journalism Fellowship at Massey College. This unique opportunity is a two-semester fellowship for a mid-career journalist from South America, Central America, the Caribbean or Mexico.

"We want to congratulate Luis Horacio Nájera on his selection. His passion and dedication to the practice of journalism and commitment to free expression stood out among other applicants and made him an ideal recipient of the Scotiabank/CJFE Fellowship at Massey College," said Wendy Hannam, Executive Vice-President, Sales and Service, Products and Marketing, Scotiabank.

Luis Horacio Nájera is a veteran journalist who reported for 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. In 2010, Nájera's courage was recognised with one of CJFE's International Press Freedom Awards, shared with fellow Mexican exiled journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto.

Nájera will join an outstanding group of Canadian and international journalists as part of the 2011 Journalism Fellows.

"My deepest gratitude to Scotiabank, Massey College and CJFE for this honour. It is a privilege and a great commitment to be part of this select group, which will provide me with another forum to keep working for free expression on behalf of Latin American journalists," said Nájera. "Furthermore, this Fellowship gives me the opportunity to keep going and to keep working for a better future in Canada for me and for my family."

A Spanish-language version of this release is also available.

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) is a Canadian organization founded in 1981 that works to defend and protect the right to free expression in Canada and around the world. CJFE champions the free expression rights of journalists and media workers around the world and is an active participant and builder of the global free expression community, particularly through its management of the IFEX Clearing House.

www.cjfe.org

Massey College is the only independent residential college solely for graduate students in the University of Toronto. Its architect-designed facilities provide a community for distinguished senior scholars, for elected graduates who are called Junior Fellows and some eminent members of the non-academic world.  Since its inception in 1963, the College has also hosted the Journalism Fellowship Program whereby several mid-career journalists are annually offered Fellowships allowing them to take a leave of absence from their work to audit courses of any subject at University of Toronto and to generally broaden their horizons.

www.masseycollege.ca

Scotiabank is one of North America's premier financial institutions and Canada's most international bank. With more than 70,000 employees, Scotiabank Group and its affiliates serve some 18.6 million customers in more than 50 countries around the world. Scotiabank offers a broad range of products and services including personal, commercial, corporate and investment banking. With assets above $571 billion (as at April 30, 2011), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (BNS) and New York Exchanges (BNS). For more information please visit www.scotiabank.com.

SOURCE Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

For further information:

Julie Payne, CJFE Manager 416 515-9622 x.226 jpayne@cjfe.org

Paula Cufre, International Media Communications, 416-866-4833, paula_cufre@scotiacapital.com or

Anna Luengo, Administrator, Massey College (416) 978-6606, annaluengo@masseycollege.ca


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