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    The Amnesty Canada Media Awards: honouring journalists for outstanding human rights reporting

    The 2018-2019 Media Award winners and organizers
    The 2018-2019 Media Awards winners and organizers at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, April 4, 2019. 

    Amnesty International Canada invites journalists and students to make submissions for its 25th annual Media Awards.

    These awards honour the efforts of journalists to increase Canadians' awareness and understanding of human rights issues, while also highlighting excellent journalism.

    AI’s vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. In pursuit of this vision, AI’s mission is to conduct research and to take action to prevent and end grave abuses of all human rights – civil, political, social, cultural and economic.

    From freedom of expression and association to physical and mental integrity, from protection from discrimination to the right to housing ⁠— these rights are indivisible. This mission and vision are at the heart of the Media Awards.

    When Amnesty International Canada first launched the Media Awards in 1995, human rights issues were consistently under-reported in the media. Twenty-five years later, there is an impressive array of human rights coverage in the media, yet press freedom is increasingly under threat around the world.

    Twenty-five years on, these awards recognize the crucial role of a free press at a critical time, while also recognizing excellence in human rights reporting.

    Amnesty International Canada’s Media Awards honour excellence in reporting on human rights issues by Canadian journalists.

    All entries must be published or broadcast in Canada between Oct. 1, 2018 and Dec. 31, 2019The deadline for submissions is Jan. 17, 2020. Unfortunately, we can only accept English submissions at this time. 

    For more information, please contact: Lucy Scholey, Media Relations, Amnesty International Canada, 613-744-7667 ext. 236,
    New Categories for 2019-2020

    With the changing media landscape, Amnesty International has decided to expand certain media award areas and change the formats. Applicants may submit stories to several categories, but we ask that they not submit the same story to multiple categories. The categories are as follows :

    You just need to fill in the electronic form and answer all the required questions. Please ensure you have URLs for your media work. 

    The Amnesty International Canada Media Awards winners will be announced in late February or early March 2020. A reception to honour the winners will be held in Toronto on May 6, 2020.

    Click here for the Media Awards submission form. 

    2018 Award Winners

    Print Long Form:  Stephanie Nolen, “Colombia's peace deal brings a new season of fear”, The Globe and Mail, June 17, 2018

    Print Short Form: Nathan VanderKlippe, "‘It is about Xi as the leader of the world’: Former detainees recount abuse in Chinese re-education centres", The Globe and Mail, July 3, 2018

    Video: Holly Moore, “The Cure was Worse”, APTN Investigates, October 27, 2018

    Audio: Ryan Hicks, “Nothing to lose: root causes of migrations from Central America”, The World This Weekend/ L'heure du monde, CBC Radio/Radio Canada.

    Multi Media: Laura Lynch & Sylvène Gilchrist, Samira Mohyeddin and Karin Marley, producers.
     “Shakila’s story” CBC’s The Current, March 22, 2018.

    Youth Media: Samantha Fink, “Invisible Disabilities Slip Through the Cracks”, The Queen’s University Journal, Queen`s University, October 3, 2018


    View list of past winners of the Amnesty International Media Awards

    Media Award Winners