The London Free Press is nominated for an award by the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) for its breaking news coverage of the Afzaal family tragedy last year.
Four members of the Afzaal family, hard-working immigrants from Pakistan, died after they were struck by a vehicle last June at a Hyde Park intersection in what police allege was a deliberate attack, the family targeted because of its Muslim faith.
Only a fifth family member, a nine-year-old boy, survived.
For some of its earliest coverage of the national story, a Free Press news team is nominated for the CAJ’s Daily Excellence Award. Four other finalists are nominated in the same category, including the Vancouver Sun and Ottawa Citizen, sister newspapers of The Free Press in the Postmedia chain.
The CAJ awards recognize the best in Canadian journalism, with a focus on investigative work. Award winners will be announced at a ceremony in Montreal on May 28.
The Free Press is also nominated for a National Newspaper Award for its breaking news coverage of the June 6 collision and its fallout, which reverberated nationwide, the winner to be announced next month.
Salman Afzaal, 46, his wife Madiha Salman, 44, their daughter Yumnah, 15, and Salman Afzaal’s mother, Talat Afzaal, 74, died. Nine-year-old Fayez, the lone survivor, was badly injured.
A London man is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one of attempted murder.