Scotiabank and CJFE announce winner of 2017-2018 Journalism Fellowship at Massey College

TORONTO, April 13, 2017 /CNW/ - Scotiabank, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) and Massey College at the University of Toronto, are pleased to announce that Silvia Regina Rosa of Brazil has been awarded the 2017-18 Scotiabank/CJFE Journalism Fellowship at Massey College. Rosa is the sixth Latin American journalist to be awarded the fellowship for a mid-career journalist. Previous winners have come from El Salvador, Mexico, Venezuela and Uruguay.

In addition to enjoying a vibrant campus community provided by Massey College, previous fellows have toured, spoken at, and written for Canadian media outlets such as The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star, participated in panel discussions through the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs, partnered with local NGOs and think tanks, joined campus sports teams and committees, and have organized seminars held at Massey College.

"Our partnership in hosting the Scotiabank/CJFE Fellowship continues to be a very important one," said Massey College Master Hugh Segal. "Experienced journalists from Latin America and the Caribbean bring their rich experience to Massey College and U of T and at the same time benefit greatly from their courses and by living with bright young scholars in a setting that exudes a love of learning, along with the fun that goes with it."

"This fellowship is an opportunity for journalists to explore new perspectives and environments, while building expertise and relationships that they can bring home and continue to use in their careers," said CJFE Executive Director Tom Henheffer. "We are thrilled to welcome Silvia Regina Rosa."

Silvia Rosa works as a reporter and assistant editor for Valor Econômico, Brazil's main financial newspaper, where she has revealed cases of abuse of power by the private sector, such as the fraud involving the Brazilian bank BVA. She also works for the real-time news service Valor Pro, where she is responsible for covering the foreign exchange and fixed income markets. Her work demonstrates a strong commitment to freedom of expression and transparency, and has been recognized through a number of awards, including the Abecip prize, for an article about the housing bubble in Sao Paulo.

"It is a privilege to be chosen for this fellowship," said Rosa. "we have seen abuses of power by both authorities and the private sector threatening the freedom of speech, and I think Canada's liberal government has a lot of to contribute towards strengthening democracy in the Americas. "This fellowship will provide me with a broader vision of the right to free expression, and allow me to apply my knowledge to reinforce freedom of speech and the press in Brazil."

Rosa will arrive in Canada in September to join an outstanding group of Canadian and international journalists as part of the 2017-18 William Southam Journalism Fellows.

Interview available on request—please find CJFE media contact below.

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, we promote 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.
www.cjfe.org

Massey College is the only independent residential college solely for graduate students in the University of Toronto. Our 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 (initially named the Southam Journalism Fellowships) 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/

About Scotiabank:

Scotiabank is Canada's international bank and a leading financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and Asia-Pacific. We are dedicated to helping our 23 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 88,000 employees and assets of $887 billion (as at January 31, 2017), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (TSX: BNS) and New York Exchanges (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit www.scotiabank.com and follow us on Twitter @ScotiabankViews

SOURCE Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

For further information: Duncan Pike, Campaigns and Advocacy Coordinator, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, p: 416-787-8158 x203, dpike@cjfe.org

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