The Tara Singh Hayer Memorial Award to recognise a Canadian journalist who, through his or her work, has made an important contribution to reinforcing and promoting the principle of freedom of the press in this country or elsewhere.
In dozens of countries around the world, journalists regularly face obstacles in order to get the news out. Whether the threats be judicial, physical or otherwise, these dedicated and principled individuals continue to work tirelessly - often risking their lives - so that the news media remain free.
The winner of the award will be a journalist or media organisation who:
Ø reports on human rights issues or other issues, or from regions or countries, not often covered by other media;
Ø demonstrates a commitment to human rights by reporting without bias, sexism, racism, etc.;
Ø has not won a major press freedom award from another organization;
Ø will benefit from international exposure due to the difficulty/threats caused by their work;
Ø has overcome enormous odds simply to produce the news;
Ø and has taken personal risks or suffered physical reprisals for working as a journalist.
Nomination Criteria for the Tara Singh Hayer Memorial Award
The winner of the award will be a journalist who fits one or more of the criteria:
Ø has highlighted cases of media repression in Canada or around the world;
Ø has chronicled attempts at or actual censorship;
Ø work has involved difficult-to-obtain access to information requests;
Ø has taken personal risks or suffered physical reprisals for working as a journalist;
Ø has overcome enormous odds simply to produce the news.
To be eligible for the awards, applicants must be nominated by an organisation or individual. Self-nominations are not accepted.
Submissions in French or English may be in the form of video tapes, audio tapes, articles or columns aired or published between July 1, 2006 and June 20, 2007.
Each award consists of a framed plaque and cash prize of CDN $3,000. They will be presented to the winners at a ceremony in Toronto in November 2007.
For further information or to submit a nomination, please contact Julie Payne at CJFE, 555 Richmond St. West, Suite 1101, PO Box 407, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3B1 Canada, tel: +1 416 515 9622, fax: +1 416 515 7879, e-mail
The deadline is June 20, 2007.