REMINDER - Canadian Association of Journalists Code of Silence Award Deadline for nominations Friday, May 15

    OTTAWA, May 12 /CNW/ - The deadline to nominate the most secretive
government agency or department is looming!
    Nominations for the Canadian Association of Journalists ninth annual Code
of Silence Award are due Friday.
    The award recognizes the most secretive government department or agency
in Canada. Last year, the hands-down winner of the Code of Silence Award was
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his office for muzzling civil servants and
cabinet ministers, blackballing reporters who pose tough questions and
building a huge apparatus designed to staunch the flow of information.
    "The public's right to know is stymied every day by government agencies
that are stingy with information," said CAJ President Mary Agnes Welch. "This
is your chance to give them what they deserve - a big, fancy award for their
secrecy and lack of accountability."
    The Code of Silence Award is handed out annually at the CAJ's gala award
ceremonies which take place during the association's annual conferences. This
year, the conference is being held May 22-24 in Vancouver.

    NOTE: The CAJ is offering a reduced conference registration fee for
unemployed journalists. Admission to the three-day conference costs $100 for
unemployed journalists.

    Nominees for the 2009 Code of Silence Award can include municipal,
provincial and federal government departments as well as public agencies that
work in the public interest with public money.
    Nominations can be submitted by e-mail: (write
"Code of Silence" in subject line)

    Nominations close May 15, 2009

    The Canadian Association of Journalists is a professional organization
with more than 1,300 members across Canada. The Can's primary role is to
provide public-interest advocacy and quality professional development for its

For further information:

For further information: visit or call: Mary Agnes Welch, CAJ
President, Work: (204) 697-7590 or Cell: (204) 470-8862; John Dickins, CAJ
Executive Director, Cell: (613) 868-5442

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