Noémi Mercier and Alec Castonguay took home the Grand Prize at the Judith-Jasmin Awards for their investigation into the prevalence of sexual violence within the ranks of the Canadian military. The Grand Prize is awarded to the best journalistic work of the year in Quebec.
The jury, comprised of former presidents of the Quebec Federation of Professional Journalists (FPJQ), praised the high quality and level of detail of the information uncovered by the investigation, while underlining the hurdles they overcame in getting access to the highest reaches of the Canadian Forces, as well as convincing victims to come forward.
The shocking report, published simultaneously by L’actualité and Maclean’s (which is also owned by Rogers), prompted the military to conduct a wide-ranging inquiry into the way it handles complaints about sexual assault and harassment within its ranks.
The investigation quickly made its way across the country and around the world. In the weeks following the original article’s publication, more than 500 media outlets reported on its findings.