Recognizing journalists as defenders of free speech - Announcing May 3, 2016 World Press Freedom Day celebration in Ottawa - Call for award winner nominations

OTTAWA, Jan. 4, 2016 /CNW/ - The Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom (CCWPF) will honour a Canadian journalist who has made an outstanding contribution in the past 15 months to the right of freedom of expression. The award, which will be conferred at the annual World Press Freedom Day luncheon on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at the Chateau Laurier Fairmont Hotel, consists of a cash prize of $1000 and a certificate from the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

Shawn McCarthy, Chair of the Ottawa-based CCWPF today invited media organizations and individuals interested in freedom of expression to send in nominations for the 18th annual CCWPF Press Freedom Award.

"Like other media organizations around the world, we celebrate World Press Freedom Day and aim to raise awareness for journalists who face hardships and even risk their lives to bring their stories to the public," McCarthy said.

The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2016. A nomination form is attached.

Another major highlight of the luncheon will be the presentation of three prizes in the16th annual International Editorial Cartoon contest. Guy Badeaux, Coordinator of the cartoon contest said the theme of this competition will be announced shortly, and cartoonists from all over the world will be invited to submit their entries, also by March 1.

World Press Freedom Day, designated as such by UNESCO is observed worldwide on May 3 every year to focus on the importance of media freedom and freedom of expression.


SOURCE Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom

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For further information: Media Contacts: Janice Tibbets,; Susan Korah, 613-241-4967, e-mail:; Guy Badeaux,(French media) : (613) 562-7506,


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