MEDIA ADVISORY - Spotlight on China: The 19th annual CJFE Gala celebrates those defending free expression

A Night to Honour courageous reporting hosted by Mohamed Fahmy and Marci Ien

TORONTO, Nov. 24, 2016 /CNW/ - Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) will host its 19th annual gala on December 1. This year's honourees include Asad Aryubwal with the Integrity Award, Ali Mustafa with the Tara Singh Hayer Memorial Award and the CBC Indigenous team with the Investigative Award. A special spotlight on China will applaud Chang Ping with the International Press Freedom Award and highlight the work of photographers who documented the Umbrella Revolution.

Hosted by Mohamed Fahmy, journalist and author, and Marci Ien, guest co-host of CTV's The Social, the gala celebrates brave journalists and media workers from Canada and abroad who risk their jobs, freedom and too often their lives in the name of free expression.

What:

 CJFE Gala: A Night to Honour Courageous Reporting



When:

Thursday, December 1, 2016


Cocktail reception: 5:30 p.m.


Dinner and evening program: 7:00 p.m.



Where:

Fairmont Royal York, Toronto

 

CJFE Photo Exhibit 2016: Spotlight on China and Ali Mustafa

CJFE is proud to present and sell photographs by key photojournalists who documented the 2014 Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong. These stunning images by Lam Yik Fei and Xaume Olleros highlight the student-led, pro-democracy movement that saw tens of thousands of people take to the streets to demand independent and fair elections in the territory after China insisted on vetting the candidates for chief executive. Protesters often used umbrellas to shield themselves from police pepper spray. Coverage of the protest actions was heavily censored in the media and on social media in both Hong Kong and mainland China.

The exhibit, sponsored by Aon, will also showcase photographs from Ali Mustafa, a Canadian freelance photojournalist, activist and writer. His work spanned from writing about the Landless Workers Movement in Brazil to photographing conflicts in Palestine, Egypt, and Syria.

In 2014, Mustafa was killed in Aleppo, Syria, during an aerial bombing initiated by the Assad government. He was rescuing victims and surveying damage from a deadly blast when a military aircraft dropped a second bomb, killing him and seven others. Mustafa felt compelled to cover the conflict in Syria first-hand to expose a tragedy that he believed the rest of the world should no longer ignore. Mustafa will also be honoured with the Tara Singh Hayer Memorial Award.

The exhibit highlights and reminds us of the threats journalists face to bring us the truth and the resilience of citizens who bravely stand up for their rights. Proceeds from the exhibit will go to CJFE's Journalists in Distress Fund, which provides emergency assistance to journalists whose life or well-being is threatened.

About Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
CJFE monitors, defends and reports on free expression and access to information in Canada and abroad. Rooted in the field of journalism, CJFE promotes a free media as essential to a fair and open society. CJFE boldly champions the free expression rights of all people, and encourages and supports individuals and groups in the protection of their own and others' free expression rights. For more information, visit cjfe.org

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SOURCE Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

Image with caption: "Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) will host its 19th annual gala on December 1. This year’s honourees include Asad Aryubwal with the Integrity Award, Ali Mustafa with the Tara Singh Hayer Memorial Award and the CBC Indigenous team with the Investigative Award. (CNW Group/Canadian Journalists for Free Expression)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20161124_C6991_PHOTO_EN_825655.jpg

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