Geoffrey Stevens, managing editor of the Globe and Mail accepts the 1986 Michener Award from her Excellency Jeanne Sauvé, Governor General of Canada. The presentation was made at a ceremony held in Rideau Hall, November 6, 1987.
Photo by Sgt. Raynold Kolly courtesy of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General
The Globe and Mail received the award for a series of articles and editorials challenging an amendment to the criminal code that threatened freedom of the press. The amendment would make it an offence for newspapers to make public the existence of search warrants or police raids without the consent of every person involved.
The Michener Award is unique because of its emphasis on the impact of the journalism for the public good, plus recognition of the resources available to the entrant in an effort to put smaller and larger organization on a more equal footing.