The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO) offers the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize in 2020.
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.
World Press Freedom Day 2020 will take place in The Hague (Netherlands) from 22 to 24 April 2020. The Prize is funded by the Cano Foundation (Colombia) and the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation (Finland).
Worth of Award
- 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. In 2020, the Prize is scheduled to be awarded on 23 April.
- Candidates shall have made a significant contribution to press freedom anywhere in the world representing all types of media including digital media.
- Prizes may be conferred upon individuals, institutions, other entities or non-governmental organizations.
How to Apply
Nominations for the Prize should be submitted by filling out the form in English or French and sending it before the deadline by post or by email to:
Communication and Information Sector
Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development
Section for Freedom of Expression
7, Place de Fontenoy
E-mail: [email protected]
Deadline: Send the form before February 15, 2020.