UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2020

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.

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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. 

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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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World Press Freedom Day 2020 will take place in The Hague (Netherlands) from 22 to 24 April 2020.

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The Prize is funded by the Cano Foundation (Colombia) and the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation (Finland).

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How to submit your nomination:

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Nominations for the Prize should be submitted by filling out the form in English or French and sending it before 15 February 2020 by post or by email to: 

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UNESCO
Communication and Information Sector
Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development 
Section for Freedom of Expression
7, Place de Fontenoy 
75007 Paris 
France 
Tel: 33.1.45.68.08.91 
E-mail: s.coudray@unesco.org (link sends e-mail)

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