UNESCO Calls for Nominations for 2020 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

Guillermo Cano Isaza, assassinated Colombian journalist
Guillermo Cano Isaza, Assassinated Colombian journalist

The United Nations Educational,  Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is calling for nominations for the 2020 edition of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. UNESCO is inviting 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 worthy candidates for 2020 prize.

Awarded annually, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day (May), the Prize is marked by a ceremony and the winner is presented with the sum of US$25,000. The Prize is scheduled to be awarded on April 23 for the 2020 edition.

Eligible candidates are individuals, organizations or institutions who have made significant contributions 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.

Prizes may be conferred upon individuals, institutions, other entities or non-governmental organizations representing all types of media including digital media. However, self-nominations are not allowed.

All applications must be submitted in English or French through the specified application form. The preferred mode of submission is electronically, but if this is not possible postal applications of nominations are also acceptable.

The Prize which was established in honour of Guillermo Cano, a Colombian journalist who died in the exercise of his profession, and celebrates other individuals or organisations that have made significant impact to the defence and/ or promotion of press freedom all over the world.

More information about the Prize and how to nominate a candidate are available at: https://en.unesco.org/prizes/guillermo-cano.