UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

UNESCO invites the governments of Member States, in consultation with their National Commissions, as well as international and regional professional non-governmental organizations, active in the field of press freedom, to nominate candidates for next year’s UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

This Prize was established by UNESCO’s Executive Board, in 1997, in honour of Guillermo Cano, a Colombian journalist who died in the exercise of his profession.

Its purpose is to reward each year a person, organization or institution that has made a notable contribution to the defence and/or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, especially if risks have been involved.

Awarded annually, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day (3 May), the Prize is marked by a ceremony and the winner is presented with the sum of US$25,000.

World Press Freedom Day 2019 will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 3 May 2019.

The Prize is funded by the Cano Foundation (Colombia), the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation (Finland) and the Namibia Media Trust (Namibia).

How to Apply

  • Nominations for the Prize should be submitted by filling
    out the form in English or French and sending it before 15 February by post or by email to:UNESCO
  • Communication and Information Sector
  • Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development
  • Section for Freedom of Expression
  • 7 Place de Fontenoy
  • 75007 Paris
  • France
  • Tel: 33.1.45.68.08.91
  • E-mail: [email protected] (link sends e-mail)
  • For more information and nominations application details, see; application details, see; UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

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