Jury 2017

Members of the Jury of the UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize 2017

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.

Wojciech Tochman

Reporter, non fiction writer (Poland)

Wojciech Tochman is a reporter and non-fiction writer, cooperating with “Gazeta Wyborcza” (the biggest newspaper in Poland). He is one of the most widely translated Polish non-fiction authors. With “Like Eating a Stone”, about post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tochman was a finalist for the Nike Literary Prize and for the Prix Témoin du Monde, awarded by the Radio France International. Another book of him “Today We’re Going to Draw Death” shows the scars of the Rwandan genocide that can still be found today. “Eli, Eli” is a title of his book about poverty and tourism in Philippines. He is also the co-author of “The Caravan” – non-fiction story about Syrian refugees in Jordan.  In 2016 Tochman was awarded the Premio Kapuściński, the annual reportage award issued ‘for the skill to recount places and cultures, for annalistic observation and the skill to narrate it.” He lives in Warsaw.

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.


Miranda Patrucic

Investigative Reporter (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Based in Sarajevo, Miranda Patrucic is an investigative reporter and regional editor for OCCRP, focusing on Central Asia, the Balkans and the Caucasus. Highlights of her work include exposing billions in telecom bribes in Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan, uncovering hidden assets of the ruling elites of Azerbaijan and Montenegro, the €1.2 billion arms trade between Europe and Gulf, fueling conflicts in the Middle East, and ties between organized crime, government and business in Montenegro. She collaborated with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) on a project involving tobacco smuggling, on the US$ 4 billion black market in endangered bluefin tuna and on Swiss Leaks and Panama Papers. She is the recipient of the Knight International Journalism Award, the Global Shining Light Award, IRE Tom Renner Award, the Daniel Pearl Award and European Press Prize. She is much in demand worldwide for training journalists on how to investigate and uncover corruption and money laundering. 

Najiba Ayubi

Journalist and activist (Afghanistan)

Najiba Ayubi (Afghanistan) is a journalist and activist. She heads Killid Group, a non-profit media network which publishes two of the most popular magazines of the country (Killid Weekly et Mursal Weekly), a quarterly cultural Magazine (Sapida ) and 11 local radios listened by 15 million Afghan people. In 2013, she is recipient of the International Women’s Media Foundation Prize. In 2014 she is recognized as one of the 100 heros of information by Journalist without Borders. In 2016, she was awarded the most important Afghan prize in culture (Said Jamaludin) from President Ashraf Ghani.

Saouti Haidara

Director, Daily L'Indépendant

Saouti Haidara (Mali) is the director of the private daily The Independent. He was arrested by the intelligence services and questioned about his sources and, two months after, was abducted by a dozen gunmen, beaten and threatened death. His picture, arm in plaster and swollen face, made the tour of Africa and triggered in Malian media a "dead Media Day." He is considered as the Dean of the Malian Press.  

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