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

    2017 Amnesty Media Award Winners
    Media Awards 2017 at Gardiner Museum, Toronto

    Amnesty International Canada invites journalists to make submissions for its 24th annual Media Awards. These awards honour the efforts of journalists to increase Canadians' awareness and understanding of human rights issues. 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. 

    1 OCTOBER 2017 AND 30 SEPTEMBER 2018. 

    New Categories for 2018

    With the changing media landscape, Amnesty International has decided to expand certain media award areas and change the formats.  The categories are as follows :

    • television broadcasts, documentaries and online videos
    • radio, online audio and podcasts
    • Print – paper, online and magazines, both national and regional
    • Long form over 2,000 words
    • Short form up to 2,000 words
    • Multimedia (which combines at least two of video, audio or print and could combine all of them)

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


    The 2018 Amnesty International-Canada Media Awards will be announced in December, 2018.  A reception to honour the winners will be held in Toronto April 4, 2019.

    Click here for the Media Award submission form. 


    2017 Award Winners

    National Print Award

    Nathan VanderKlippe, Myanmar’s Front Lines of Horror, The Globe and Mail, September 23, 2017.

    Nathan VanderKlippe is the Asia bureau chief for The Globe and Mail. Based in Beijing, he reports on news and current affairs in China and the region. He has reported on political developments, natural disasters, humanitarian crises, social changes, human rights issues and, most recently, the Olympics in South Korea. Nathan has also worked for The Globe and Mail in Calgary with a focus on the energy industry, for the Financial Post as a business journalist and for Canwest Global News as a reporter covering Canada’s northern territories.


    Broadcast Award 

    Maragret Evan, Stephanie Jenzer, Richard Devey, South Sudan: Unfulfilled Promise, The National, CBC, May 15, 2017

    Margaret Evans is a foreign correspondent based at the CBC’s London bureau. Evans has covered civil wars and strife in Angola, Chad, Sudan, South Sudan and the Middle East. Most recently, Evans has reported from Zimbabwe and South Africa. She grew up in Edmonton, Alberta.

    Stephanie Jenzer is the CBC’s senior foreign field producer, based in London, UK. During her 25+ years at CBC News, Stephanie has reported from every province and territory in Canada, as well as Africa, Asia, South America, Europe, and the Middle East, where she was also based for a number of years. Among her recent assignments are the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, the Rohingya

    Richard Devey is an award-winning cameraman and video editor based in the CBC’s London bureau. He has worked in conflict zones from Iraq and Afghanistan to Syria and South Sudan. He covered the Arab Spring uprisings and the recent refugee crisis in Europe as well as earthquakes in Haiti and Italy and the political downfall of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe.


    Regional Print Award

    Denise Ryan, Fear and Loathing in SRO, May 13, 2017

    Denise Ryan has been with the Vancouver Sun for 19 years in diverse roles including Weekend Editor, Features Editor, and Senier Feature Writer. She has received numerous honours both for journalism, and fiction writing, as well as CBC literary award for creative non-fiction. 


    Online Media Award

    Sally Armstrong & Peter Bregg, Resisting Genocide, United Church Observer, June 2017

    Sally Armstrong is a human rights activists, journalist, and award-winning author. She has covered stories about women and girls in zones of conflict all over the world from Bosnia and Somalia to the Middle East, Rwanda, Congo and Afghanistan. She is the recipient of ten honorary doctorate degrees and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. 

    Peter Bregg is a photojournalist whose assignments have taken him to over 80 countries and have included Olympic Games, the Stanley Cup, the World Series, presidential trips, and more than a dozen assignments in Africa. A Member of the Order of Canada, he received the Canadian Journalism Foundation`s Lifetime Achievement Award. 

    Youth Media Award 

    Ashley Hyshka, No More Stolen Sisters, The Runner Kwantlen Polytechnic University, February 2018

    Ashley Hyshka is a young journalist based in Vancouver, BC. She covers a range of stories, but her focus is on local news coverage and social justice issues. She got her start in newspaper and broadcast journalism with the University of Saskatchewan`s The Sheaf and Shaw Media, and is now the first community reporter at Kwantlen Polytechnic University`s The Runner

    View list of past winners of the Amnesty International Media Awards

    Media Award Winners