1970 John Spicer, UK

1971 Mabel Strickland, Malta

1972 Eugene Watson, UK (Ulster)

1973 Sir Harry Brittain, UK:  founder of the Commonwealth Press Union

1974 Sir Vincent Fairfax, Australia: for distinguished service to the  Commonwealth Press

1975 Sepala Gunasena, Sri Lanka: for his notable contribution to Freedom of Information in his homeland

1976 St Clair Balfour, Canada: for distinguished service to the Commonwealth Press

1977   C R Irani, India: for distinguished service in the cause of Press Freedom both in India and globally

1978   Derek Ingram, UK: for his outstanding contribution to Commonwealth understanding

1979   Donald Tyerman: UK,  for distinguished service to the Commonwealth Press

1980   J F W Hardingham: New Zealand, for distinguished service  to the Commonwealth Press

1982   Glanvill Benn, UK: for his outstanding contribution to Commonwealth understanding

1983   Hon. Leslie Ashenheim, Jamaica: for distinguished services to the Commonwealth Press

1984   Lyle Turnbull, Australia: for distinguished services to the Commonwealth Press

1985   Kenneth Gordon,  Trinidad & Tobago: for distinguished service in the cause of Press Freedom

1986   Sir Edward Pickering, UK: for distinguished services to the Commonwealth Press

1987   Terry Pierce-Goulding, Canada: for devoted service to the Commonwealth Press 1970-1987      (Presented posthumously)

1988   Patsy Robertso, Jamaica: for her outstanding contribution to Commonwealth understanding

1989   Arun Shourie, India: for distinguished service in the cause of Press Freedom

1992   David de Caires,  Guyana: for his notable contribution to Commonwealth Press Freedom

1993   Arnold Raphael. UK: for distinguished service to the  Commonwealth Press

1994   Bayo Onanuga, Nigeria: for his outstanding contribution to  Commonwealth Press Freedom

1996   Fred M’membe, Zambia: for his outstanding contribution to  Commonwealth Press Freedom

1998   Sano Malifa, Samoa: for his outstanding contribution to Press Freedom in the Pacific Islands

2000   Gilbert Ahnee, Mauritius: for his committment to press freedom in his home island

2003 Kuldip Nayar,  India: legendary journalist and activist in the field of press freedom

2005 Gavin Ellis, New Zealand: for an outstanding committment to press freedom in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands

2016 Human Rights Network for Journalists – Uganda: for their unstinting support of media freedom in their country