William Thorsell, editor-in-chief, accepts the 1992 Michener Citation of Merit from His Excellency Ray Hnatyshyn, Governor General of Canada on behalf of the Globe and Mail.
The newspaper was honoured for its investigation of the Red Cross tainted blood controversy and why the safety system failed for 1,000 Canadians who died from HIV-infected blood inflicted by operations and transfusions.
The award was presented during a ceremony held at Rideau Hall, May 4, 1993.
Launched in 1970 under the auspices of Canada’s third Canadian governor general, the late Roland Michener, the award focuses on the degree of public benefit generated by media projects, both large and small, in print and broadcast. The annual award is open to daily and weekly newspapers, news agencies, radio and television stations and networks, as well as periodicals. The winners are chosen on the basis of hard-hitting impact, journalistic professionalism, and the resources available for the project.