Salam Toronto was among ten recipients of The National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada’s (NEPMCC) newspaper awards in a ceremony that took place last Friday at the Lieutenant Governors Office in Queen’s Park.
Editor-in-Chief Mohsen Taghavi accepted the award for best editorial, free expression, concept and visual presentation, in the newspaper category.
Ontario Lieutenant Governor David C. Onley, a former Citytv reporter, presented the awards on behalf of the NEPMCC and praised what he called the third media’s high quality of balanced reporting.
“You have a major role to play in broadcasting information and raising public awareness of issues and concerns,” Mr. Onley said to the audience, using the recent Hurricane Sandy as a prime example.
“In the hours before the storm hit, (US) ethnic media translated emergency preparedness information and advisories from local and state officials and posted them on their websites,” said Mr. Onley. “Because of their effectiveness, countless lives were saved.”
After Mr. Onley’s speech, NEMPCC President Thomas Saras greeted the audience and highlighted the importance of truth, justice and fair play in ethnic journalism.
to prevent any form of oppression, injustice or hatred,” said Mr. Saras.
“I would like to thank and congratulate recipients for their leadership and vision for a great, unified, progressive and liberal Canada where every citizen feels is being equal and easy.”
Thirty seven awards were handed out at the annual awards ceremony.
Mr. Mohammad Rahimian, Editor-in-Chief of the Persian bi-weekly newspaper Paivand of Montreal also won an award for distinguished service to communities.
The National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada (NEPMCC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and integrate economic, social and culture interest of Ethnic communities into the mainstream of Canadian society.