“Toupin became quite choked up during his acceptance speech. He said he Algerian-born wife really deserved the award, because she had fought Islamofacism in her home country as a journalist, and saw many of her friends and colleagues killed ‘just because they believed in democracy.’
“He said she was forced to leave everything behind for fighting for the liberty to think, to believe and for liberty of the press. He said he was stunned to face this attack on press freedom in his home country [of Canada], after having covered many world hot spots.
“Bellavance spoke of facing six grueling hours on the witness stand. They face another two years of court battles. ‘What impact will this have on our families?’ he asked.”