Nomination Sought For UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2017


United Nations Economic, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has called for nominations for the 2017 edition of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

UNESCO is inviting the governments of member states, in consultation with their national commissions, international and regional professional and non-governmental organisations working in the fields of journalism and freedom of expression to nominate worthy candidates for the  prize.

The Prize was established by UNESCO’s Executive Board, in 1997,in  honour of Guillermo Cano, a Colombian journalist who died in the exercise of his profession. Its purpose is to celebrate individuals or organisations that have made noteworthy impact in the defence and/ or promotion of press freedom all over the world.

The recipient who will receive a prize in the sum of $25,000  will be recognised during the World Press Freedom Day ceremony to be held May 3 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Meanwhile, nominations are to be submitted in English or French before  February 15 2017.