Five new Jury members for the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2015

The Jury of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2015 is composed of 12 Jury members (Jury 2015) who will serve a three-year mandate. For the period 2015-2017, five new jury members have just come on board:

Ms Cilla Benkö (Sweden) is the Director-General of the Swedish Radio. She has been working for the Swedish Radio for more than 20 years.

Mr Clovis Rossi (Brazil) is the Editor of Folha de Sao Paulo and has nearly 50 years of experience as a reporter, foreign correspondent and editor. In 2011, Rossi started the blog Something more than samba, to the electronic edition of El País. He has written several books on journalism and has received a number of prizes.

Ms Chadia Khedir (Tunisia) is the Director of public television channel Watania2. As a journalist and reporter, she produced youth programmes. Previously she has been a journalist and reporter at the National Tunisian Television and a teacher at the High institute of Press and information.

Ms Maria Moukrim (Morocco) has 15 years of experience in the field of journalism. She is journalist and co-founder of the Arabic-language weekly Assahifa, the first independent paper in Morocco (1998-2000) and chief editor of the weekly Moroccan Arabic Al Ayam based in Casablanca (2000-2012). Moukrim is also the President of the Moroccan Association of Investigative Journalism (AMJI).

Mr Jacques Pauw (South Africa) is the Executive Producer of Special Assignment, a current affairs program at SABC. He was a founding member and assistant editor of Vrye Weekblad, the first Afrikaans language anti-apartheid newspaper that became one of the most persecuted and prosecuted newspapers in South African history.

The UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom 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 defense 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. In 2015 the Prize will be handed over in Riga (Latvia) where World Press Freedom Day’s celebrations will take place under the issue of Independent Media in the Digital Age: Quality Journalism, Gender Equality, and Privacy.

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