Call Opens for Nominations for UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2024

Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has issued a call for nominations for the 2024 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2024. The call for nominations is open until February 15, 2024. 

Created in 1997 by UNESCO’s Executive Board in memory of Guillermo Cano Isaza, a Colombian journalist who was assassinated in front of the offices of his newspaper El Espectador in Bogotá, Colombia on December 17, 1986, the prize is awarded to a person, organization or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the defense and, or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, and especially when this has been achieved in the face of danger.  

The laureate of this year’s prize will receive US $25,000 and a medal at a ceremony scheduled to take place on World Press Freedom Day on 3 May 2024.

UNESCO Member States as well as international and regional professional and non-governmental organizations working in the field of journalism and freedom of expression are eligible to nominate up to three candidates for the Prize.

Nominations may be made in English or French, using a prescribed form.  Additional information can be obtained from the Secretariat of the Prize by e-mail: