UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize (30jan 08)

UNESCO invites Member States and regional and international organizations, professional and non-governmental organizations working in the field of journalism and freedom of expression to nominate candidates for the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

The purpose of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize is “to honour… 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 this involved risk.”

The prize is intended to reward journalists who have shown dedication in the name of freedom of expression and information and to afford them the international recognition they deserve. Awarded annually, the Prize is marked by a ceremony and the winner is presented with the sum of US$25,000.

The prize, which celebrates its 11th year in 2008, is named after the Colombian journalist who died exercising his profession and has become a symbol of the fight against repression of the media worldwide. This year, the prize will be presented in Mozambique, during the World Press Freedom Day conference which will take place on 3 May.

In 2008, World Press Freedom Day will focus on the freedom of the press and the “Access to information and the empowerment of people”. More information on the themes and speakers of the conference will be available on the UNESCO website in the near future.

Nominations for the Prize should be submitted by using the form at the web site, which should be duly filled out in English or French and returned by 30 January 2008