This Prize was established by UNESCO’s Executive Board (1997), in honour of Guillermo Cano, a Colombian journalist who died in the exercise of his profession.
The purpose of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize is to reward each year a person, organization or institution that has made a notable contribution to the defense and/or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, especially if risks have been involved.
Candidates shall have made a significant contribution to press freedom anywhere in the world representing all types of media including digital media.
Prizes may be conferred upon individuals, institutions, other entities or non-governmental organizations.
UNESCO invites the governments of Member States, in consultation with their National Commissions, as well as international and regional professional NGOs, active in the field of press freedom, to nominate candidates for next year’s UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
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Awarded annually, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day (3 May), the Prize is marked by a ceremony and the winner is presented with the sum of US$25,000.
In 2020, the Prize is scheduled to be awarded on 23 April.
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