TORONTO, Nov. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) honours Dr. Shiv Chopra,
Dr. Margaret Haydon and Dr. Gérard Lambert with its new Integrity Award
at the 14th annual CJFE Gala: A Night to Honour Courageous Reporting. The values of
the award are reflected in the commitment shown by these Canadian
scientists when they informed the Canadian public about specific health
dangers inherent in food production in the face of great pressure to
"This award highlights a critical element in the struggle for free
expression," says Arnold Amber, CJFE president. "It recognizes that
those who speak out against wrongdoing in the public or private sectors
do so at tremendous risk—both personally and professionally."
The three scientists being presented with the inaugural Integrity Award
are regarded as heroes around the world, particularly for raising
concerns regarding Monsanto's bovine grown hormone (rBGH), a drug
designed to boost the milk production of dairy cattle. These
revelations triggered international headlines and resulted in rBGH
being banned in Canada and most other developed countries, but also led
to the three scientists being reprimanded, ordered to be silent, and
eventually dismissed from Health Canada.
CJFE will confer its Integrity Award on Canadians who act in the public
interest, without thought of personal gain, when they speak out about
dangerous, unethical or illegal practices they learned of or
experienced in the course of doing their jobs. The award highlights the
right of all Canadians to take action in the public interest, and their
right to freedom of expression in doing so.
This year's award will be presented at the CJFE Gala on November 24,
2011, held at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. This year's emcee is
Anna Maria Tremonti, host of CBC Radio's The Current.
The CJFE Gala is made possible by the support of returning Evening
Sponsor Scotiabank, Reception Sponsor CBC News, Platinum Sponsor CTV
News, Exhibition Sponsor Henry's, along with the valued support of
other organizations and individuals across the media, legal, academic,
and business communities.
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) boldly champions the free expression rights of journalists and media
workers around the world. In Canada, we monitor, defend and promote
free expression and access to information. We encourage and support
individuals and groups to be vigilant in the protection of their own
and others' free expression rights. We are active participants and
builders of the global free expression community.
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SOURCE Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
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