UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2020 (US$25,000 prize)
Deadline: February 15, 2020
Nominations are open for the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2020. This 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 reward each year a person, organization or institution that has made a notable contribution to the defence and/or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, especially if risks have been involved.
UNESCO invites the 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 candidates for next year’s UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
Awarded annually, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day (May 3), 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 April 23. World Press Freedom Day 2020 will take place in The Hague (Netherlands) from April 22-24, 2020. The Prize is funded by the Cano Foundation (Colombia) and the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation (Finland).
- The winner is presented with the sum of US$25,000.
- Prizes may be conferred upon individuals, institutions, other entities or non-governmental organizations.
- Candidates shall have a made a significant contribution to press freedom anywhere in the world representing all types of media including digital media.
Nominations for the Prize should be submitted by filling out the form in English or French and sending it before February 15, 2020 by post or by email to:
Communication and Information Sector
Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development
Section for Freedom of Expression
7, Place de Fontenoy
For more information, visit UNESCO.