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. 


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.