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UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

Created in 1997, the annual UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize honours a person, organization or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the defence and, or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, and especially when this has been achieved in the face of danger.

The Prize was established on the initiative of UNESCO's Executive Board and is formally conferred by the Director-General of the Organization, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, on 3 May.

It is named in honour of Guillermo Cano Isaza, a Colombian journalist who was assassinated in front of the offices of his newspaper El Espectador in Bogotá, Colombia on 17 December 1986.

 

World Press Freedom Day: Philippines journalist Maria Ressa to receive 2021 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

27 April 2021 - Investigative journalist and media executive Maria Ressa of the Philippines has been named as the 2021 laureate of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, following the recommendation of an international jury of media professionals. The Award Ceremony will take place on 2 May in Windhoek, Namibia, on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day Global Conference, and be streamed online. Read more

 

TO SHARE

Download all the commemorative videos of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Prize 2020 Laureate

UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize - Press Conference
30 April 2020
Recorded Webcast in English, French and Spanish.

 

NEWS

16 November 2021 UNESCO is seeking nominations for the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2022

27 April 2021World Press Freedom Day: Philippines journalist Maria Ressa to receive 2021 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

15 January 2021 Two leading women journalists to join 2021 Jury of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

6 November 2020 UNESCO is seeking nominations for UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2021

30 April 2020 - Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima to receive 2020 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

21 January 2020 - UNESCO is seeking nominations for UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2020

10 April 2019 - Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo to receive 2019 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize

 

Sponsors

The UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize is supported by:

Guillermo Cano Isaza Foundation

Helsingin Sanomat Foundation

Namibia Media Trust (NMT)

Democracy & Media Foundation Stichting Democratie & Media