Nominations are currently ongoing for the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2024. The UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize was established in 1997 to recognize individuals, organizations, or institutions that have demonstrated exceptional dedication to defending and promoting press freedom worldwide, particularly in the face of danger.
The prize is named in memory of Guillermo Cano Isaza, a Colombian journalist who was tragically assassinated in front of the El Espectador newspaper offices in Bogotá, Colombia, on December 17, 1986.
Guillermo Cano Isaza was born in Bogotá, Colombia, on August 12, 1925. He became the editor of El Espectador when he was just 27 years old and remained in that position until his assassination on December 17, 1986, at the entrance to the newspaper’s office. The building was destroyed by a bomb attack three years later.
The killing of Guillermo Cano is significant due to the prevalence of unsolved crimes against journalists. Cano fearlessly spoke out against drug trafficking mafias and their harmful effects on Colombian society. On December 17, 1986, two hired killers waited for him outside the newspaper’s exit and fired eight shots, killing him.
The magistrates in charge of investigating his murder were subject to threats and bribes, and some were even murdered for refusing those bribes. Guillermo Cano’s life, courage, and commitment to independent journalism. As well as his unwavering fight for his country’s betterment, serves as an inspiration to the entire world.
- UNESCO encourages Member States to propose individuals for the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2024. After consulting with their respective National Commissions. Also, international and regional professional non-governmental organizations specializing in journalism and press freedom are invited to participate in this nomination process.
- A $25,000 Prize is Awarded annually
How to Submit Your Nomination
To apply for the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, candidates are required to fill out the nomination form and submit it either in English or in French. You have until February 15, 2024, to submit your nominations. To do so, please send them through postal mail to the address provided on the official website.
For more details, visit UNESCO’s official website.
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