Nathan Vanderklip of the Globe won the Press Freedom Award


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A guard tower and barbed wire fence surround an internal facility at Kunx Industrial Park in Artx in Xinjiang Uygar Autonomous Region of western China on December 3, 2018.

By Han Guan / Associated Press

The Globe and Mail’s Asia correspondent has been awarded a Press Freedom Award for work covering China’s treatment of their Uygar minority.

Nathan Vanderklip shared the award with The Investigative Reporter The Narwal, along with Sarah Cox, for coverage of the site sea hydroelectric project in British Columbia.

The award, announced Monday on UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day, is being given by Ottawa-based advocacy group World Press Freedom Canada or WPFC.

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“Risking detention, deportation or even imprisonment, Vanderklippe reported on forced labor camps where thousands of Uygars, a Muslim minority ethnic group, are being held. VanderKlippe attempts to physically bar him from the area , And its photographs and reporting helped document China’s controversial practices in Xinjiang, ”the group said in releasing its ruling.

Mr. Vanderkliep’s most recent reporting includes a special story detailing how Chinese authorities have mobilized a large number of Uyghur workers on trains thousands of kilometers away from large factories, allowing Muslim minorities into mainstream Chinese culture An internally circulated research document shows a northwestern region that has been their home for centuries, as part of a plan to assimilate and thin their population in Xinjiang.

The Globe submitted a report in March to senior levels of the Chinese government that referred to the transfer of Uygar and other predominantly Muslim minority groups to industrial workplaces, “not only reducing the Uyiger population density in Xinjiang, but An important way to influence, fuse and assimilate. The Uygar minority. “

In February, the House of Commons supported a motion to accept that China is committing genocide against its Muslim minority.

WPFC said in its news release that Ms. Cox covered Site C Dam as a dog, and pursuing documents through the Access to Information Act, she highlighted major problems with the dam, which government officials Had known for a year, but was not revealed to the public.

Both winners will be awarded $ 2,000 each.

According to the organization, the annual award recognizes Canadian mediamen who produce public-interest journalism “by denying compliance with privacy, freedom of information requests or attempts to thwart their work.”

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To obtain documents in high-profile criminal and civil cases, and Calgary Herald journalists Meghan Potkins and Madeline Smith for their fight in court, included citations to the Toronto Star’s Kevin Donovan, who exposed financial misuse The freedom of information system of the city was exercised by a city councilor.

The Vancouver Sun’s Kim Bolan was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for her career, the 1985 Air India bombings, gangs, and organized crime. Covering a murder trial in 2017, she learned that he was the subject of a murder plot, which she then reported. Ms. Bolan was the original recipient of the Press Freedom Award in 1999.

WPFC President Sean McCarthy said, “Despite the stress of the lockdown and working remotely, Canadian journalists produced exceptional journalism in 2020 that took into account those in power.”

“Our winners overcame critical obstacles that were thrown to prevent their stories from coming to light.”

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