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February 25 to April 21 2017

Freedom of the press
= Democracy


“A cantankerous press, an obstinate press, a ubiquitous press must be suffered by those in authority in order to preserve the even greater values of freedom of expression and the right of the people to know.”

Today, more than ever, journalists worldwide are facing a challenging environment. Governments are becoming more secretive, whistleblowers are being stifled and journalists are under threat. Every year, all over the world, hundreds of journalists are attacked, imprisoned, or even killed for committing the “crime” of journalism. 

For more than 30 years, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has been defending journalists and fighting for press freedoms. When violations occur, CPJ’s network of correspondents reports and take action on behalf of those targeted. CPJ reports on violations in repressive countries, conflict zones as well as democracies.

At the core of the CPJ’s mandate:
“Journalism plays a vital role in the balance of power between a government and its people. When a country's journalists are silenced, its people are silenced.”

By protecting journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists protects freedom of expression and democracy.



The theme for this contest is Freedom of the Press: the need to support the right for journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. The winner will also receive a package of books related to this cause.

The previous winner

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the jury

  • Marcus Barnes

    Mixmag’s Techno Editor Marcus ‘Golden’ Barnes has been writing professionally for 13 years, covering the electronic music world since 2010.  He has crossed the globe from Beirut to Amsterdam, Miami and everywhere in between to deliver an informed opinion on all things techno. He is the European Editor at Fest300, author of the festival guide 'Around The World In 80 Raves' and runs his own website called Don’t Lose The Magic. Marcus recently launched the management wing of Don't Lose The Magic, taking care of two fledgeling artists, Kareful and Aesthetic Kid. On top of this, Marcus is also a graffiti artist who made headlines when he became the first person to ever be charged with ‘encouraging criminal damage’ through a graffiti magazine he published called Keep The Faith. He won the historic case in February 2015.

  • Michelle Shepard

    Michelle Shephard is an award-winning journalist, author and filmmaker and the Toronto Star's national security correspondent. Since the 9/11 attacks she has travelled the globe covering stories about terrorism and human rights, taking readers behind the headlines in her 2011 book, Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism's Grey Zone. Shephard's Emmy-nominated documentary "Guantanamo's Child," chronicled the story of Canadian captive Omar Khadr.

  • Barry Blitt

    A cartoonist and an illustrator since 1992, he has contributed illustrations and more than eighty covers to The New Yorker, including “Deluged,” which was voted Cover of the Year by the American Society of Magazine Editors in 2006, and “The Politics of Fear,” a finalist for the same award in 2009. His work has also appeared in Vanity Fair, Time, Rolling Stone, and The Atlantic, and he illustrated Frank Rich’s weekly column in the New York Times. He has been honoured with exhibitions and awards from the Society of Illustrators, Print, and American Illustration, and is a member of the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame. His work for children includes “George Washington’s Birthday” and “Once Upon a Time, the End (Asleep in 60 Seconds).”

the t-shirts

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    Pass To Report

    BY Jessica Song 21 April 2017
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    Protect the Truth

    BY Michael Chewbaka 10 March 2017