Friday, October 06, 2006

Journalist Kim Bolan chosen winner of PEN Canada/Paul Kidd Prize

Toronto: PEN Canada is pleased to announce that Vancouver Sun journalist Kim Bolan is this year's winner of the PEN Canada/Paul Kidd Courage Prize.
The award recognizes writers and journalists who have displayed exceptional courage and integrity in the interest of freedom of expression. The winner must have met at least two of the following criteria: made a significant impact through writing or broadcasting; demonstrated through work a willingness to put his/her career on the line in the tenacious pursuit of a story; and displayed courage and taken an independent viewpoint.
In the jury's words, "Kim Bolan has devoted much of her career to the Air India affair, which is probably the biggest criminal story in Canada of the past 20 years. She had the courage to continue to do important work under dangerous conditions. In Kim's case, the danger was real, immediate and personal. She was on a death list and, after the assassination of Tara Singh Hayer, she had every reason to believe the Sikh militants would not hesitate to kill her, too. We don't know how many other journalists would have had the guts to persevere."
Bolan is also the author of Loss of Faith: How the Air India Bombers Got Away with Murder.
05/10/06 PEN Canada/IFEX, Canada