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CANADIAN PRESS CLUB HONOURS EDITORS, CARTOONISTS

The National Press Club (NPC) of Canada has awarded its World Press Freedom Award to two former senior editors of the "Canadian Medical Association Journal" who were fired for implicating the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) in a pharmaceutical scandal.

John Hoey, MD, former editor of the "Canadian Medical Association Journal" (CMAJ), and Anne Marie Todkill, former senior deputy editor, were honoured at the NPC's eighth annual World Press Freedom Day luncheon on 3 May 2006.

Hoey and Todkill were dismissed from their jobs in February, six weeks after they ran an editorial revealing that the journal and the CMA had suppressed part of an investigative report on how pharmacists across the country were dispensing the "morning-after" emergency contraceptive pill.

Hoey and Todkill, who shared the CAD$2,000 (US$1,800) prize money, were nominated by three journalists, including Paul Knox, chair of the Ryerson School of Journalism and a board member of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE). Knox said CJFE members "are shocked and appalled by the CMA's blatant censorship and silencing of voices that disagree with their interests."

NPC also announced the winners of the 6th International Editorial Cartoon Competition, which ran under the theme "Cartooning in a Dangerous Environment." The First Prize went to Chinese cartoonist Run Tang Li, who received a prize worthy CAD$1,500 (US$1,350). The runners-up were Dale Cummings of Canada and Turkish cartoonist Muammer Olcay.

For more information, contact Spencer Moore: combroad1@rogers.com or visit: http://www.pressclub.on.ca

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