Postmedia News' Stephen Maher and Glen McGregor of the Ottawa Citizen have been named recipients of the World Press Freedom Award. 

"Maher and McGregor were selected for the Award for a series of stories they co-wrote on the so-called 'Robocalls" affair exposing fraud in the federal election of 2011," the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom said in a press release. "This not only touched off a political firestorm but subjected the two writers to a campaign of smear tactics and vilification."

The winnners receive a $2,000 cash prize and a certificate from the CCWPF and the Canadian Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. 

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Margaret Munro, science writer at Postmedia News, also received an honourable mention for her story on the muzzling of scientists by the federal government. 

 

Tamara Baluja is an award-winning journalist with CBC Vancouver and the 2018 Michener-Deacon fellow for journalism education. She was the associate editor for J-Source from 2013-2014.