BOLAN, Kim




Author Tags: Journalism, Law

Among her numerous awards, Kim Bolan received the 2006 PEN Canada / Paul Kidd Courage Prize. Having already received a Courage in Journalism award in 1999 for her coverage of the Air-India terrorism story, Vancouver Sun reporter Kim Bolan was commissioned to write Loss of Faith: How The Air-India Bombers Got Away With Murder (M&S 2005) following the acquittal of Sikh leaders Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri in 2005. Her book was nominated for the $15,000 Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and shortlisted for the 2006 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. The trial of the two chief suspects in Vancouver revealed that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service had destroyed taped telephone calls between the suspects in connection with the detonation of two bombs, on opposite sides of the globe, within an hour of each other, on two international flights emanating from Vancouver on June 23, 1985, killing 329 men, women and children overall. Bolan visited the Punjab five times during the 20 years she remained on the story, despite receiving several death threats. One other suspect pleaded guilty to manslaughter and received a five-year sentence for his involvement in the worst act of aviation terrorism prior to the 'Nine-Eleven' attacks on New York on September 11, 2001.

[BCBW 2007] "Law" "Journalism" "Air India"