Monday, May 03, 2021

Postmedia's Kim Bolan honoured with World Press Freedom lifetime achievement award

Veteran Postmedia reporter Kim Bolan has been recognized with a lifetime achievement award by World Press Freedom Canada.

On Sunday, the Ottawa-based advocacy group awarded its Spencer Moore award for lifetime achievement to Bolan in recognition of her long-time work in the pursuit of press freedom.

Bolan, an award-winning investigative reporter, has covered — and uncovered — countless stories on organized crime and gang slayings during her 37-year career at The Vancouver Sun.

Her coverage of the 1985 Air India bombing led to threats on her life and she was placed under police protection.

She was honoured with the inaugural World Press Freedom award in 1999 for continuing to investigate the bombing after threats of violence.

And she’s still at it. While covering a murder trial in 2017, she learned she had been the subject of a murder plot, and promptly reported on it.

Two journalists — Nathan VanderKlippe and Sarah Cox — were declared co-winners of this year’s Press Freedom Award.

VanderKlippe, the Globe and Mail’s China correspondent, was recognized for his coverage of forced labour camps for the Uyghurs, while Cox, an investigative reporter with The Narwhal, was recognized for her work on the Site C project. The winners receive an award of $2,000 each.

World Press Freedom Canada usually hands out the awards at an annual luncheon in Ottawa to mark UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day on May 3. This year, the event has been cancelled due to the pandemic.

03/05/21 Vancouver Sun

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