Jury 2016

Members of the Jury of the UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize 2016

Cilla Benko

Director-General of the Swedish Radio (Sweden)

Cilla Benkö was appointed Director-General & CEO of the Swedish Radio in 2012. Since 2009, she had held the position of Deputy Director-General. Cilla Benkö has been working for the Swedish Radio for more than 30 years and during this period she has had several management positions. She started her work at the sports department and at the news department, as a business journalist. She has also worked as a freelance in New York for the Swedish commercial television and was head of its news programme “Aktuellt”.
Since 2010, Cilla Benkö has been a member of the executive board of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Since 2014, she has been vice- president of Prix Europa.
She graduated in Journalism and Media at the Stockholm University in 1986. She also studied economy at the Stockholm School of Economics, and communication and marketing at the New York University.

Lisa LaFlamme

Chief Anchor & Senior Editor, CTV National News (Canada)

Lisa LaFlamme (Canada) is a television journalist, and currently the chief anchor and senior editor of CTV National News. She co-hosted on Canada AM from 2001 to 2003, as a parliamentary reporter, and on CTV NEWSNET, now CTV News Channel. LaFlamme joined CTV National News in 2003 as a foreign correspondent as well as back-up anchor. She covered many international events and conflicts: the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent Iraq war, the war in Afghanistan, the Arab Spring in Cairo, Hurricane Katrina, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the death of Pope John Paul II in 2005 and the election of Pope Francis in 2013. LaFlamme has also covered every Canadian federal election since 1997, and every Olympic Games since 2006. Among others, she won a Canadian Screen Award for 'Best National Newscast' and 'Best News Anchor' for CTV National News.

Chadia Khedir

Cultural News, Watania 2 (Tunisia)

Chadia Khedir was the director of the Tunisian public TV channel Watania2 until 2015. She is now in charge of cultural news. She has worked as a journalist and reporter for 18 years producing youth and cultural programs for TV and radio and working for the National Tunisian Television. She is now professor at the Institute of Media and Information Sciences and is currently preparing her PhD about access to information and investigative journalism in Tunisia. She is a member of the ARIJ (Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism) network.

Mabel Rehnfeldt

Journalist, ABC-Digital-ABC Color (Paraguay)

Mabel Rehnfeldt is a well-known and awarded journalist, an investigative reporter at ABC-Color and Director of ABC-Digital. She also heads Radio Primero de Marzo and Canal 100 for which she runs a daily programme. Rehnfeldt has been an investigative reporter since 1991, uncovering cases of corruption and human rights violations in Paraguay. In 2007 and 2008, Rehnfeldt was a reporter on the ICIJ’s Tobacco Underground project, following illicit tobacco networks from South America to Europe and Asia. She is founder and original president of FOPEP, the Forum for Paraguayan Journalists. Rehnfeldt teaches investigative journalism at the American University in Asunción. Among others, she was awarded the top prize for coverage of corruption from the Latin American Institute for Press and Society and Transparency International, as well as the Maria Moors Cabot Prize. She is a member of ICIJ (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists).

Maria Ressa

CEO, Executive Editor, Rappler (Philippines)

Maria Ressa is the CEO and executive editor of Rappler, a social news network where “stories inspire community engagement and digitally fuelled actions for social change”, combining professional journalism with citizen journalism and crowdsourcing. She has been a journalist in Asia for nearly 30 years, most of them as CNN’s bureau chief in Manila and then in Jakarta. She was CNN’s lead investigative reporter focusing on terrorism in Southeast Asia. In 2005, she took the helm of ABS-CBN News and Current affairs in the Philippines.

Musikilu Mojeed

Managing Editor, Premium Times (Nigeria)

Musikilu Mojeed is managing editor at Nigeria's multimedia newspaper, Premium Times. He was until 2011 investigative editor at Nigeria’s Next newspaper where he directed the groundbreaking investigative work and coordinated the paper's WikiLeaks coverage. A recent Ford Foundation International Fellow at The City University of New York, he has reported extensively on corruption, human rights and human trafficking and is one of Africa's most regarded investigative journalists. His works have also appeared in the New York Times, the New York News Service, the Huffington Post, the Toronto Star, among others.
Mojeed is a winner of several awards, including the FAIR’s Editor’s Courage Award, a Stanford journalism fellowship, the Wole Soyinka Investigative Reporting Award. He was on the board of the Forum for African Investigative Reporters.

Maria Moukrim

Director, febrayer.com (Morocco)

Maria Moukrim has been working as a journalist for 15 years. She was a co-founder of the first independent Moroccan newspaper, the weekly Assahifa (1988-2000) and she was editor-in-chief of the weekly Al Ayam (2000-2012). Maria Moukrim was also President of the Moroccan Association for Investigative Journalism until July 2014. Since 2012 she has been CEO of the independent website febrayer.com.


Haron Mwangi

CEO, Kenyan Media Council (Kenya)

Haron Mwangi is CEO of the Media Council of Kenya. Mwangi has over 20 years of experience in media policy, regulation, research and development. He has extensively trained on ethics in journalism and edited The Observer, a periodical journalism profession magazine produced by the Media Council of Kenya. He has researched on emerging issues in the media profession and carried out national and international trainings on the same. Mwangi is widely published in the field of media economics, media policy and regulations and consulted in media regulation models, media and politics, and governance. He holds a doctorate in Media Management and Economics and a Master degree in Communication Studies.

Clovis Rossi

Journalist, Folha de Sao Paulo (Brazil)

Mr Clovis Rossi is a columnist for the daily news Folha de Sao Paulo and has 51 years of experience as a reporter, foreign correspondent and editor. He has written several books on journalism and has received a number of prizes, among them the "Maria Moors Cabot", granted by Columbia University.


Martin M. Šimecka

Author and journalist, Editor-in-Chief of Respekt (Slovakia)

Mr Šimecka is a Slovak author and journalist. He was editor-in-chief of Respekt, a Czech intellectual weekly for which he still writes articles. He is one of the few Slovak authors who published in the “samizdat literature” during communism. In 1990 he founded and led an independent publishing house Archa. He later became editor-in-chief of Domino-forum, a Slovak weekly. From 1997 to 2006, he acted as editor-in-chief of SME, the country’s leading daily newspaper in English. Šimecka’s novel “The Year of the Frog” has been translated to English and French, published in France by Gallimard.

Ko-ko U

Publisher of the Yangon Times (Myanmar)

Ko-ko U is chairman of the Yangon Media Group and publisher of the Yangon Times. He is the former secretary-general of the Journalists and Writers Association. He is also closely engaged in the transition now underway in his country's media landscape: he is involved in the drafting process of the new press law and in developing plans to create a national press council.

Ljiljana Zurovac

Executive Director of the Bosnia-Herzegovina Press Council (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Ljiljana Zurovac has been the executive director of the Press Council in Bosnia-Herzegovina since September 2005. An expert on media self-regulation and ethics, she established a new press council for all print and online media in Bosnia-Herzegovina. She has established educational programs on media ethics and press freedom, as well as on media literacy for diverse audiences. She had previously worked for six years as programme director at the Media Plan High College of Journalism. Between 1980 and 2008 she worked as an active radio and TV journalist, editor and host of live programs at PBS and Radio FERN.


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