Code of Silence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Government Secrecy

The Code of Silence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Government Secrecy is awarded annually by the Centre for Free Expression, Canadian Association of JournalistsCanadian Journalists for Free Expression, and News Media Canada to call public attention to governments, government departments and agencies that distinguish themselves by denying public access to government information to which the public has a right under access-to-information legislation.

Awards are given annually in four categories

  • Federal Government and federal departments, agencies, boards and commissions;
  • Provincial governments and provincial government departments, boards, agencies, and commissions; 
  • Municipal governments and municipal government departments, boards, agencies, and commissions; 
  • Police Services and Law Enforcement agencies

Nominations for the Code of Silence Award can be made by any member of the public  The nomination form is available here and should be completed and sent to Ange Holmes, Coordinator, Centre for Free Expression, by no later than October 15th or each year. Her email address is:  ange.holmes@ryerson.ca

Click here for the list of Code of  Silence Award recipients.

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