Free expression and press organizations award Region for its ‘dishonour’

The 2018 Code of Silence Award for outstanding achievement in government secrecy was awarded to Niagara's regional government in a ceremony held earlier this week.

The Code of Silence Award is jointly given by the Ryerson University's Centre for Free Expression, the Canadian Association for Journalists, News Media Canada and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.

Delays and denials of freedom of information requests, a lack of transparency about councillor expenses, illegal seizure of a journalist's computer and notes, a tainted CAO hiring process and frequent refusal by senior regional leaders to speak to the press were cited as reasons for the shameful distinction.

You can read more about the announcement here.