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
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
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.
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.
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
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Julie Payne, CJFE Manager 416 515-9622 x.226 email@example.com
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