UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

Previous Laureates

List of previous laureates of UNESCO/Guilermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize:

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2016

Khadija Ismayilova (Azerbaijan)

Ms Ismayilova, a freelance journalist and contributor to the Azerbaijani service of Radio Free Europe, was detained in December 2014, and, in September 2015, was sentenced to seven and a half years’ imprisonment on charges relating to abuse of power and tax evasion.

All rights reserved. Khadija Ismayilova. Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova winner of UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2016.
Press Release (04.05.2016)

2015

Mazen Darwish (Syria)

Darwish, a lawyer and press freedom advocate, is the president of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (CMFE), founded in 2004, and one of the founders of The Voice newspaper and syriaview.net, an independent news site banned by the Syrian authorities. In 2011, Darwish established Media Club, the first Syrian magazine about media affairs. He has been detained since February 2012, when he was arrested with colleagues Hani Al-Zitani and Hussein Ghareer.

© UNESCO. Syrian journalist Mazen Darwish, winner of the 2015 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
Press Release (04.05.2015)

2014

Ahmet Şik (Turkey)

An international, independent jury of media professionals has named Turkish investigative journalist Ahmet Şik the winner of the 2014 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

© CJFE - Turkish journalist Ahmet Şik, winner of the 2014 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

2013

Reeyot Alemu (Ethiopian)

Imprisoned Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu has been named the winner of the 2013 UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. Ms Alemu was recommended by an independent international jury of media professionals in recognition of her “exceptional courage, resistance and commitment to freedom of expression.”

© UNESCO - Reeyot Alemu, winner of the 2013 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
Press Release (05.05.2013)
Press Release (16.04.2013)

2012

Eynulla Fatullayev (Azerbaijan)

Eynulla Fatullayev, an Azerbaijani journalist and human rights activist, has been named the winner of the 2012 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize by UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova. He was nominated for the award by an independent international jury.

© UNESCO - Eynulla Fatullayev , winner of the 2012 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
Interview (04.05.2012)
Press Release (04.05.2012)
Press Release (17.04.2012)

2011

Ahmad Zeidabadi (Iran)

Imprisoned Iranian journalist Ahmad Zeidabadi is the laureate of this year’s UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. He was selected by an independent international jury of 12 media professionals.

© UNESCO - Ahmad Zeidabadi, winner of the 2011 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
Press Release (03.05.2011)
Press Release (07.04.2011)

2010

Mónica González Mujica (Chile)

The Chilean journalist, Mónica González Mujica, a heroine of the struggle against dictatorship in her country, has been named laureate of the 2010 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

© UNESCO - Mónica González Mujica, winner of the 2010 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
Press Release (03.04.2010)

2009

Lasantha Wickrematunge (Sri Lanka)

The late Sri Lankan journalist and editor of the Lasantha Wickrematunge, who was assassinated on 8 January 2009, has been named laureate of the 2009 UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize.

© UNESCO - Lasantha Wickrematunge, winner of the 2009 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
Press Release (06.04.2009)

2008

Lydia Cacho Ribeiro (Mexico)

Lydia Cacho Ribeiro, a freelance reporter based in Cancun, Mexico, has been nominated laureate of the 2008 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

© UNESCO - Lydia Cacho Ribeiro, winner of the 2008 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
Press Release (09.04.2008)

2007

Anna Politkovskaya (Russian Federation)

The Chilean journalist, Mónica González Mujica, a heroine of the struggle against dictatorship in her country, has been named laureate of the 2010 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

© UNESCO - Anna Politkovskaya, winner of the 2007 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
Press Release (30.03.2007)

2006

May Chidiac (Lebanon)

On the recommendation of an international jury of media professionals, UNESCO Director-General has designated Lebanese journalist May Chidiac, winner of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2006.

© UNESCO - May Chidiac, winner of the 2006 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
Press Release (28.03.2006)

2005

Cheng Yizhong (China)

Chinese journalist Cheng Yizhong was named as the laureate of the 2005 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

© UNESCO - Cheng Yizhong, winner of the 2005 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
Press Release (07.04.2005)

2004

Raúl Rivero (Cuba)

The Chilean journalist, Mónica González Mujica, a heroine of the struggle against dictatorship in her country, has been named laureate of the 2010 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

© UNESCO - Raúl Rivero, winner of the 2004 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
Press Release (24.02.2004)

2003

Amira Hass (Israel)

Israeli journalist Amira Hass was named as the laureate of the 2003 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

© UNESCO - Amira Hass, winner of the 2003 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

2002

Geoffrey Nyarota (Zimbabwe)

Zimbabwean editor Geoffrey Nyarota was named as the laureate of the 2002 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

© UNESCO - Geoffrey Nyarota, winner of the 2002 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

2001

U Win Tin (Myanmar)

Former editor of the daily Hanthawati newspaper in Myanmar, vice-chair of Myanmar's Writers' Association and a founder of the National League for Democracy, U Win Tin has been nominated laureate of the 2001 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

 © UNESCO - U Win Tin, winner of the 2001 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

2000

Nizar Nayyouf (Syria)

The 2000 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize was awarded on 17 March 2000 to Syrian journalist Nizar Nayyouf.

© UNESCO - Nizar Nayyouf, winner of the 2000 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

1999

Jesus Blancornelas (Mexico)

Jesus Blancornelas of Mexico who survived a 1997 assassination attempt for his exposés on corruption and drug trafficking in Mexico was chosen to receive the 1999 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

© UNESCO - Jesus Blancornelas, winner of the 1999 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

1998

Christina Anyanwu (Nigeria)

The 1998 UNESCO / Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize was awarded to the Nigerian journalist Christina Anyanwu, publisher and editor in chief of "The Sunday Magazine" (Lagos, Nigeria).

© UNESCO - Christina Anyanwu, winner of the 1998 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

1997

Gao Yu (China)

On 21 March 1997, the UNESCO / Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize was awarded by an independent international jury to the Chinese journalist Gao Yu.

© UNESCO - Gao Yu, winner of the 1997 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.