Both showed passion for free expression and extraordinary courage
TORONTO, Sept. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
(CJFE) proudly recognizes Khaled al-Hammadi (Yemen) and Mohamed
Abdelfattah (Egypt) as this year's recipients of the 2011 International
Press Freedom Awards. The awards will be presented at the 14th annual
CJFE Gala: A Night to Honour Courageous Reporting, to be held at the
Fairmont Royal York in Toronto on Thursday, November 24, 2011.
These two journalists were chosen for their passion for free expression
and their extraordinary courage. They did not let the many dangers they
faced prevent them from working to expose the real story of what was
taking place during the events we now call the Arab Spring.
"This year we recognize two journalists who have risked their safety to
provide a true narrative of the events in the Arab Spring in their
countries," said Carol Off, Chair of the CJFE Gala committee. "We are
honoured to have these men join us at the CJFE Gala, and recognize
their strength and courage in devoting themselves to freedom of
expression, speaking out when ordered to remain silent."
In many countries around the world, journalists face threats—whether
judicial, physical or otherwise—but continue to work tirelessly so that
the news media remains free. CJFE honours their determination with two
International Press Freedom Awards every year.
Both award winners will attend the gala on November 24, 2011, to accept
their 2011 International Press Freedom Awards.
Khaled al-Hammadi (Yemen) has worked as a photojournalist, correspondent
and fixer for foreign media. He has spent 16 years trying to explain
his country to the outside world, and because he has been so public and
outspoken he has faced ongoing threats, attacks and harassment by the
government administration and its security and army agencies. He has
been arrested, kidnapped and had his equipment destroyed.
Mohamed Abdelfattah (Egypt) is credited with exposing the story of
Khaled Said, the young man who was beaten to death by Egyptian police
in June 2010. Said's death is widely believed to have been the spark
that ignited the revolution in Egypt, and Abdelfattah was the first to
report on the ensuing protests and discredit the government version
that Said was a drug dealer. Abdelfattah was the first to speak to CBC
News Network about what happened the day the protests broke out, and
how he was beaten and detained by Egyptian security forces.
The CJFE Gala is made possible by the support of returning Evening
Sponsor Scotiabank, Reception Sponsor CBC News, Platinum Sponsor CTV
News, Exhibition Sponsors Henry's and the Toronto Star, 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. Follow the conversation on Twitter
with the hashtag #cjfegala.
SOURCE Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
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