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CJFE CALLS FOR NOMINATIONS FOR 2008 PRESS FREEDOM AWARDS

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) is seeking nominations for the 2007 CJFE International Press Freedom Awards and the Tara Singh Hayer Memorial Award, which recognise journalists who work tirelessly, often risking their lives, so that the news media remain free.

The International Press Freedom Awards honour two journalists or media outlets from anywhere in the world who have overcome enormous odds to report the news and who demonstrate a commitment to human rights by reporting without bias or discrimination. Last year, CJFE honoured women journalists from Afghanistan and Iraq.

CJFE also awards the Tara Singh Hayer Memorial Award to recognise a Canadian journalist who has highlighted or faced media repression in Canada or elsewhere, from censorship to physical reprisals, to promote the principle of a free press. The award is named after a Canadian journalist and editor of the Vancouver-based "Indo-Canadian Times", who was assassinated in November 1998. In 2007, the award was given posthumously to Somali/Canadian journalist Ali Iman Sharmarke.

The award and cash prize of CDN$3,000 (US$2,900) will be presented to the winners at a ceremony in Toronto, Canada in November 2008.

The deadline for nominations is 19 May 2008.

For more details, email Julie Payne at: jpayne(@)cjfe(.)org or see: http://cjfe.org/releases/2008/18032008award.html

(25 March 2008)

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