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18th Annual World Press Freedom Day Awards Luncheon

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We invite you to join us at the 18th Annual World Press Freedom Day Awards Luncheon. Join journalists, politicians, academics, media executives and others who champion the vital role of the press and free expression in fostering democracy and open government.

The event will take place at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel Ballroom on Tuesday, May 3rd 2016 at 11:30 a.m.

Canada’s Information Commissioner, Suzanne Legault, will be the Luncheon’s keynote speaker. For more than 30 years, Canada’s Access to Information Act has given any citizen the right to request any information federal institutions may hold. Continued access to this tool is essential to our democracy and good government.

On World Press Freedom Day, we will recognize a Canadian Journalist who has defended press freedom, or suffered in its name. Past winners include Glen McGregor and Steve Maher, Daniel Leblanc, Mohamed Fahmy and Kathy Gannon. We will also celebrate the work of cartoonists in our 16th Annual International Editorial Cartoon Contest.

Tickets are $65 or $120 for two.

Table sponsorships are also available. Our $2,000 Gold Sponsorship includes a table for eight, with prominent placement, acknowledgement by the moderator, corporate signage on our website, in advertising and in all our promotional material. Silver Sponsorship at $750 buys a table for eight, prominent placement, plus a shout out on that table and in our program. Additional tables are available to all sponsors at $400. At your request, CCWPF can fill your seats with college and university students who are devoted to the issue.

You can also nominate a Canadian journalist for the CCWPF Press Freedom Award. Each year, we honour a journalist who has made an outstanding contribution in the past year to press freedom, and freedom of expression. The recognition comes with a $1,000 award and a certificate from the Canadian Committee for UNESCO. Nominations forms can be found at this link.

CCWPF monitors and publicizes threats to press freedom and freedom of expression, and recently advocated for the release of Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy.

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