Deadline: 15 February 2020
Open to: 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
Benefits: the winner is presented with the sum of USD 25,000
This Prize was established by UNESCO’s Executive Board, in 1997, in honor 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 defense and/or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, especially if risks have been involved.
World Press Freedom Day 2020 will take place in The Hague (Netherlands) from 22 to 24 April 2020.
The Prize is funded by the Cano Foundation (Colombia), the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation (Finland) and the Namibia Media Trust.
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.
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 USD 25,000. In 2020, the Prize is scheduled to be awarded on 23 April.
How to apply
Nominations for the Prize should be submitted by filling out the form in English or French to:
Communication and Information Sector
Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development
Section for Freedom of Expression
7, Place de Fontenoy
For more information, please visit the official website.