UNESCO Calls for Entries for 2018 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize


The United Nation Economic, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is calling for nominations for the 2018 edition of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. The prize award will be given on May 3, 2018 during the celebrations to mark the annual World Press Freedom Day.

UNESCO is inviting the governments of member states, in consultation with their national commissions, international and regional professional non-governmental organizations active in the field of press freedom to nominate worthy candidates for 2018 prize. The winner will be presented with a prize money of $25,000.

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

Prizes may be conferred upon individuals, institutions, other entities or non-governmental organizations representing all types of media including digital media. However, no self-nominations are allowed.

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

Applications and nominations must be submitted on or before February 17, 2018.

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 is available at: https://en.unesco.org/prizes/guillermo-cano/application-process