Praise for Defenders of Press Freedom - Daniel Leblanc wins Press Freedom Award

    OTTAWA, May 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Daniel Leblanc of The Globe and Mail has won
the 11th annual Press Freedom Award, presented by the Canadian Committee for
World Press Freedom, James Orban, Publisher of The Ottawa Citizen and
Honourary Chair of the CCWPF announced today.
    The Award is being presented at a luncheon at the National Arts Centre
hosted by Don Newman, CBC Senior Parliamentary Editor.
    Mr. Leblanc was nominated by the Globe and Mail for his willingness to
risk judicial censure for protecting a confidential source in the sponsorship
scandal. Mr. Orban also announced that Brian Macleod Rogers and Paul Schabas,
media lawyers nominated by the Canadian Newspaper Association, had received
honorary mention from the jury in recognition of their outstanding
contributions to press freedom in Canada in this past year and over the course
of their careers.
    In the International Editorial Cartoon Competition, the first prize of
$1,500 was awarded to Aristides Esteban Hernandez Guerrero, from Cuba, for his
cartoon on the theme of "Protecting Privacy?" Other awards went to Onder
Onerbay from Turkey ($750), and Mahmood Nazani, Iran ($500).

    Other nominees for this year's Press Freedom Award were:

    Reporter William Marsden, nominated by The Gazette for his reporting of a
land deal involving the husband of Parti Québecois leader Pauline Marois.
    Graeme Smith of The Globe and Mail, nominated by Canadian Journalists for
Free Expression (CJFE) for his reporting on Afghanistan. Smith is credited
with sparking an important debate in Canada about the moral and legal
parameters of Canada's mission in Afghanistan.
    The Press Freedom Award includes a cash prize of $2,000 and a certificate
of honour from the CCWPF and the Canadian Commission for the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
    The Globe and Mail nominated Daniel Leblanc for his stand in protecting
an informant (whom he called MaChouette) whose information provided leads on
the sponsorship scandal and led to the establishment of the Gomery Enquiry.
"Daniel's willingness to risk judicial censure by protecting MaChouette (his
source) is an example of considerable journalistic and personal courage.
Thanks to his stand, sources who expose misconduct in the future will be able
to rest a little easier that their identify will remain protected," said The
Globe and Mail.
    "Threats to press freedom and freedom of expression know no geographic
boundaries, as this year's nominations attest," said CCWPF President David
Gollob. "Eighty seven journalists (according to IFEX) were killed worldwide in
2008 and many others suffered threats, physical attacks and, increasingly
kidnapping, including several Canadians. When powerful forces seek to muzzle a
free press we all suffer."
    Sponsors of the luncheon and awards include the Brewers' Association of
Canada, TELUS, Canadian Newspaper Association, Canadian International
Development Agency, the Ottawa Citizen, the University of Ottawa, Rights and
Democracy, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, Air Canada, Delta Media, Le
Droit, Hill Times/Embassy, CNW Group, Thornley Fallis Communications, the
National Press Club Foundation and the National Arts Centre.

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For further information: Media Contacts: David Gollob, (613) 301-6162
(c),; Hugh Winsor, (613) 296-3601,

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