Canadian Association of Journalists Code of Silence Award - Call for Nominations

    OTTAWA, March 1 /CNW/ - It's an award no one wants to win, but each year
there is an endless list of worthy candidates.
    It's time to submit your nominations for the Canadian Association of
Journalists' seventh annual Code of Silence Award, which recognizes the most
secretive government department in Canada.
    "We look forward to the day when this award is no longer necessary," said
CAJ President Paul Schneidereit. "But sadly, there is still a need to single
out those who have shown great perseverance and given award-worthy, persistent
performances in denying the public's fundamental right to know. Politicians
and bureaucrats continue to perfect the art of hiding information, stalling
the media and ultimately denying the public valuable information. This award
recognizes those who have exhibited exceptional skill at these undemocratic
practises during the past year."
    The Code of Silence Award is handed out annually at the CAJ's gala award
banquet which takes place during the association's annual spring conference.
This year, the conference is being held in Toronto May 24-27 as part of the
Global Investigative Journalism Conference.
    Nominees can include municipal, provincial and federal government
departments as well as public agencies that work in the public interest with
public money.
    Last year, the Ontario Attorney General was recognized for imposing the
highest fees in the country for public access to court records.

    Nominations can be submitted by e-mail:
    (write "Code of Silence" in subject line)
    Nominations close April 30, 2007

    The Canadian Association of Journalists is a professional organization
with some 1,400 members across Canada. The CAJ's primary role is to provide
public-interest advocacy and quality professional development for its members.

For further information:

For further information: Paul Schneidereit, CAJ president, (902)
426-1124; John Dickins, CAJ executive director, (613) 526-8061, Cell phone
(613) 868-5442

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