2019 Press Freedom Medal nominations

APC - Australian Press Council
MEDIA RELEASE | 22 February 2019
Call for nominations for 2019 Press Freedom Medal
 
The Australian Press Council is calling for nominations for its Press Freedom Medal, to be awarded to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment or service to the cause of press freedom.
The winner will be announced, and a presentation made at a special ceremony in Sydney on or around World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2019. This year marks the 26th celebration of World Press Freedom Day, which was originally proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993. This year's theme is Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation.
In 2018, Press Freedom Medals were awarded to Peter Greste, one of Australia’s most respected and experienced foreign correspondents, a vocal proponent of press freedom and now Professor of Journalism and Communications at University of Queensland, and Gerard Ryle, Director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a network of more than 200 journalists and 100 global media organisations collaborating on major investigative stories.
"Advocating for freedom of the press is an important responsibility for the Press Council," said Press Council Chair Neville Stevens. “It is critical that we continue to identify and honour those courageous individuals who pursue this freedom for the benefit of their fellow citizens.”
Nominees can be journalists or editors or other individuals such as members of the legal profession, educators or whistleblowers whose work has supported press freedom or cast light upon important issues in Australian society in a way fully consistent with the Press Council’s Standards of Practice.
Nominations may be made by members of the public, any member of the Council and its Secretariat, or any publication that is a member of the Press Council. The nomination period commences today, 22 February 2019 and closes on 22 March 2019.
A Press Council subcommittee will shortlist no more than three nominees. Council members will then select the appropriate recipients. The Press Council may decide to make no award in a given year.
The Council had awarded Press Freedom Medals prior to 2016, but the honour was reserved for people affiliated with the organisation. It was decided in in that year to revitalise the award and open it up more broadly.
For more information about the Press Freedom Medal, contact the Press Council by email at [email protected] or by telephone: 0451 692 989. Submit nominations, along with reasons why the individual should be considered for the award, to [email protected].
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