The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has called for nomination of candidates for the 2013 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
UNESCO is inviting Member States, as well as regional and international organizations, professional and non-governmental organizations working in the field of journalism and freedom of expression, to nominate candidates for this prize, which is given annually.
Named in honour of Guillermo Cano Isaza, an assassinated Colombian journalist, the Prize is intended to honour 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.
According to UNESCO, It 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.
The objective of the Prize is in conformity with UNESCO’s policies and is related to the programme of the Organization in the field of communication and information and, more specifically, to the priority given to promoting an enabling environment for freedom of expression and freedom of information.
Member states, international and regional organizations or professional and non-governmental organizations working in the field of journalism and freedom of expression can nominate up to three candidates.
Awarded annually, the Prize is marked by a ceremony and the winner is presented with the sum of US$25,000.
Each nomination is required to be accompanied by a written recommendation, which should include, in English or French; a description of the candidate’s background and achievements; the candidate’s contributions of major importance to the promotion of freedom of the press to be submitted to the Jury for consideration; and a description of the candidate’s contribution to the Prize’s objectives.
Next year’s prize will be awarded on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, on 3 May 2013.
Nominations for the Prize are to be submitted by filling out the designated form in English or French and sending it by post or email to The Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO,1 ,rue Miollis , 75732 Paris cedex 15, France. Email: email@example.com