Media Advisory - CJFE hosts 10th annual International Press Freedom Awards



    Afghan, Iraqi and Canadian Journalists Honoured at November 1st Gala

    TORONTO, Oct. 24 /CNW/ - Canadian Journalists for Free Expression will
honour the recipients of the 10th annual International Press Freedom Awards
for their commitment to freedom of expression and reporting the news despite
increasingly dangerous circumstances.
    CBC journalist Carol Off and CTV's Middle-East correspondent Janis Mackey
Frayer host the 2007 International Press Freedom Awards gala that features a
dramatic retrospective on a decade of award-winning journalists and their
struggles and triumphs to report the news in a dangerous world.
    Proceeds from the gala go to the CJFE Journalists in Distress Fund, which
has disbursed more than $150,000 in grants to persecuted journalists in Latin
America, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

    
    WHO:   Award winners
           Farida Nekzad, Managing Editor of Pajhwok Afghan News, Afghanistan
           Sahar Al-Haideri, deceased Iraqi journalist (award presentation
           held in Damascus)
           Ali Iman Sharmarke, deceased Canadian journalist (award presented
           to his son, Liban Sharmarke)

    WHEN:  Thursday, November 1, 2007
           Media registration         6:00 p.m.
           Program & Dinner           7:00 p.m.

    WHERE: Arcadian Court
           401 Bay Street (SE corner of Bay & Queen Sts.)
           Toronto
    

    About Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

    CJFE is an independent non-profit association of more than 300
journalists, editors, publishers, broadcasters, students and others who work
to promote and defend free expression and press freedom in Canada and around
the world. Proceeds from the annual awards dinner help protect free expression
in Canada, and support embattled journalists around the world.

    www.cjfe.org


    
                      Freedom of Expression Index, 2007

    Number of journalists and media workers killed on the job in the last 10
    years: about 1,000

    Number of years the murder of Canadian journalist Tara Singh Hayer has
    remained unsolved: 9

    Number of people arrested on suspicion of the murder of reporter Anna
    Politkovskaya on August 27, 2007: 10

    Days that BBC Journalist Alan Johnston was held hostage in Gaza: 114

    Number of years that Akbar Ganji, Iranian journalist and winner of the
    2000 International Press Freedom Award, spent in prison: 6

    Number of years the RCMP held personal materials seized from Ottawa
    Citizen reporter Juliet O'Neill before the police were ordered to return
    them: 2 1/2

    Number of women who now work as journalists in Afghanistan: 300

    Number of days that American freelance journalist/videographer Joshua
    Wolf spent in a California jail - before his April 3, 2007, release - for
    refusing to turn over videotapes of a demonstration: 226

    Number of journalists killed in Somalia, the second deadliest country
    worldwide for journalists in 2007, after Iraq: 8

    Number of journalists kidnapped around the world in 2006: 56

    Number next to Sahar Al-Haideri's name on a 'hit list' of infidels by
    Islamic extremists: 4

    Number of years after Elizabeth Bain's murder, that Derek Finkle was
    ordered to hand over his research about the case: 14

    Canada's ranking in Reporters Without Borders 2007 Press Freedom
    Index: 18th

    Ranking of the United States in the 2006 Press Freedom Index: 48th

    Number of police believed to have disguised themselves as protestors at
    the Montebello, Quebec demonstrations: 3
    




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advance, please contact Lisa Mills/Jeannie Tsang, Media Profile, (416)
504-8464, (onsite cell (647) 400-8464),
Mills@mediaprofile.com/jeannie@mediaprofile.com


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