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Both the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the Canadian Committee to Protect Journalists (CCPJ) are holding awards dinners on 24 November in separate events to honour courageous journalists.

The CCPJ is holding its inaugural International Press Freedom Awards Dinner in Toronto. They will honour imprisoned journalist and writer San San Nwe of Burma and Nigerian journalists Babafemi Ojudu and Bayo Onanuga on behalf of all the journalists who work at Independent Communication Network Ltd. (ICNL), the publishers of "Tempo", "The News" and "PM News".

Her Excellency Mary Robinson, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and former President of Ireland, will give the keynote address.

At the CPJ Eighth Annual International Press Freedom Awards dinner in New York, the CPJ will honour Grémah Boucar, a radio station owner and publisher in Niger; Gustavo Gorriti, a Peruvian investigative reporter working in Panama; Goenawan Mohamad, a magazine editor in Indonesia; Pavel Sheremet, a television bureau chief and newspaper editor in Belarus; and Ruth Simon, a wire service correspondent imprisoned in Eritrea.

Brian Lamb, the chair and chief executive officer of the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network (C-SPAN), will also be honoured with the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award. Speakers at the event include Anne Garrels of National Public Radio (NPR), Tom Brokaw of NBC, Ira Glass of "This American Life," Karen Elliott House of Dow Jones International, Peter Jennings of ABC, Dan Rather of CBS, Tina Rosenberg of "The New York Times", Charlie Rose of "The Charlie Rose Show," Goodloe Sutton of "The Democrat Reporter".

Reports on the two events will appear in next week's IFEX "Communique".

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