UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

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The UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, created in 1997, honours a person, organization or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the defence and/or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, especially when this has been achieved in the face of danger.

The prize, worth US$45,000, is awarded each year on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May.

The prize is named after Guillermo Cano Isaza, the editor of the Colombian newspaper El Espectador, who was murdered in Bogotá on 17 December 1986. Cano was a vocal critic of the country's powerful drug barons.

Each year, an independent jury of 14 news professionals selected by the UNESCO Director-General selects a winner from the many nominations submitted by non-governmental organizations working in the field of press freedom, and by UNESCO Member States.

Award Winners[edit]

Year Recipient Country
2020 Jineth Bedoya Lima Colombia
2019 Kyaw Soe Oo & Wa Lone[1] Myanmar
2018 Mahmoud Abu Zeid[2] Egypt
2017 Dawit Isaak Sweden/Eritrea
2016 Khadija Ismayilova Azerbaijan
2015 Mazen Darwish Syria
2014 Ahmet Şık Turkey
2013 Reeyot Alemu Ethiopia
2012 Eynulla Fatullayev Azerbaijan[3]
2011 Ahmad Zeidabadi Iran
2010 Mónica González Mujica Chile
2009 Lasantha Wickrematunge Sri Lanka (posthumous award)
2008 Lydia Cacho Ribeiro Mexico
2007 Anna Politkovskaya Russia (posthumous award)
2006 May Chidiac Lebanon
2005 Cheng Yizhong China
2004 Raúl Rivero Cuba
2003 Amira Hass Israel
2002 Geoffrey Nyarota Zimbabwe
2001 Win Tin Myanmar
2000 Nizar Nayyouf Syria
1999 Jesús Blancornelas Mexico
1998 Christina Anyanwu Nigeria
1997 Gao Yu China

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jailed Reuters reporters, U.S. border photographers win Pulitzer Prizes". Reuters. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  2. ^ https://en.unesco.org/news/egyptian-photojournalist-mahmoud-abu-zeid-aka-shawkan-receive-2018-unescoguillermo-cano-press
  3. ^ "World Press Freedom Day 3 May in Tunis". Afrique en ligne. 24 April 2012.

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