CANADIAN ETHNIC MEDIA ASSOCIATION

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Doc on Perils of Reporting to hold benefit premiere Sept. 23 for Free Expression Group

January 26, 2015

PRESS RELEASE:

CJFE & Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Present a Benefit Screening/International Premiere

Of Willing Mind Productions’ “So Far From Home

Toronto, Sept. 17, 2009 – Canadian Ethnic Media Association Executive Chair and OMNI Television National Vice President Madeline Ziniak joins a panel of journalists at the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression’s (CJFE) and Sheridan College’s benefit screening/international premiere presentation of  “So Far From Home”, a  documentary produced by Willing Mind Productions that offers a unique window into the challenges and dangers faced by five journalists from regions of major conflict. The documentary was made possible by OMNI ‘s Independent Producers Initiative.

“So Far From Home” provides a rare, firsthand look at the perils of reporting from Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iran, Pakistan and Uganda — followed by a moderated panel discussion with the journalists themselves:
When: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 6:30 pm –  Reception sponsored by Sheridan 7:15 pm  – Program & Film
Where: Signy & Cléophée Eaton Theatre Royal Ontario Museum – South Entrance, 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario
Who: Exiled journalists: Aaron Berhane, Mir Mahdavi, Nik Kowsar, Mike Odongkara; Vladimir Kabelik, Director, “So Far From Home” Madeline Ziniak, National Vice President, OMNI Television Moderator/emcee: Carol Off, Host of “As It Happens”
Tickets*: $10 in Advance: available from the CJFE office by calling (416) 515-9622 x 231 $15 at the Door.

*All profits go to support the work of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression. These journalists worked without a safety net; they had no international media organisation to rescue them when their reporting led to threats by factions or governments who did not want these stories told.  “So Far From Home” will make its world television premiere,  Sunday,  Sept. 27 at 9 p.m.  ET on OMNI.1. About Canadian Journalist for Free Expression Canadian Journalists for Free Expression(CJFE) is an association of more than 300 journalists, editors, publishers, producers, students and others who work to promote and defend free expression and press freedom in Canada and around the world.

For more information, contact Julie Payne at (416) 515-9622 x.226 or e-mail jpayne@cjfe.org