Members of the Jury of the UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize 2014


Florence Aubenas

Journalist, Le Monde (France)

She is a French journalist, who worked as a senior reporter until 2006 for the French newspaper Libération, then for the weekly review Le Nouvel Observateur. She currently works for Le Monde. She was taken hostage on January 5, 2005, in Iraq along with her translator Hussein Hanoun Al-Saadi. In 2009, she has been elected head of the International Observatory on Prisons (OIP).

Gamal Eid

Founder and Executive Director of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (Egypt)

He is founder and executive director of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, the Arab world's leading organization providing original research, legal aid, and technical, networking, and strategic support for the defense of freedom of opinion, expression, and belief. A graduate of `Ain Shams University College of Law, Eid has been lead defense lawyer in many of Egypt's most important human rights cases, and writes and speaks regularly on international human rights and freedom of expression developments. He is also an experienced trainer on human rights research, monitoring, and legal aid, and issues relating to the use of the internet in defense of human rights.

Rossana Fuentes-Berain

Editorial Vice President, Grupo Editorial Expansión (Mexico)

She is a Mexican journalist and deputy director of the Spanish Foreign Affairs Magazine since 2000. She also teaches at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). In her fifteen years as a journalist, she covered topics from kidnappings, drug-trafficking and corruptions. Fuentes-Berain served as the first woman editor of business affairs for the journal El Financiero, led the investigative team at Reforma, and the op-ed pages at El Universal, three important daily newspapers in Mexico.

Ms Yuli Ismartono

Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Tempo (Indonesia)

Yuli Ismartono is an expert in media issues and media training, government relations and community development. She is currently deputy chief editor of the English edition of TEMPO, a weekly news and current affairs magazine based in Jakarta, Indonesia. She is also managing editor of AsiaViews, a monthly supplemental magazine distributed by publications in the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).  Ms. Ismartono completed her undergraduate studies in political science at Delhi University in India and graduate studies in journalism at Syracuse University in New York. She is chairperson of the board of directors of TIFA Foundation, a nongovernmental organization in Jakarta supporting projects in the areas of media development, democracy, pluralism, access to justice and women’s empowerment. She is also a member of the advisory board of the New York-based Revenue Watch Institute and Altsean Burma, a Bangkok-based nongovernmental organization campaigning for a free and democratic Myanmar.

Ms Laura Puertas Meyer

Journalist, Telemetro (Peru)

Laura Puertas is an economist and journalist and, for the past twenty years, has dedicated herself to human rights issues and the fight against corruption. Since 2002, she worked for Proética, Transparency International's chapter in Peru, as the Executive Director and at channel 4 as the news director. She is currently working for America TV. Puertas Meyer has also worked as a stringer for The New York Times and El Pais and for various Peruvian media in magazines, journals, radio and television programs.  In 1993, she founded, with other Peruvian journalists, the IPYS (Instituto Prensa y Sociedad), to promote investigative journalism in the Andean Region.

Mr Musikilu Mojeed

Award-winning investigative journalist and Managing Editor at Nigeria's multimedia newspaper, Premium Times (Nigeria)

Mr Mojeed is an award-winning investigative journalist and Managing Editor at Nigeria's multimedia newspaper, Premium Times. He has reported extensively on corruption, human rights and human trafficking. He has won several awards, including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR) Editor’s Courage Award, the Wole Soyinka Investigative Reporting Award and Celebrity Media Award. Mojeed was also the Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, the Ford Foundation International Fellow at The City University of New York.

Fatuma Noor

Features writer, The Star (Kenya)

Fatuma Noor is an Investigative Writer with The Star Newspaper in Kenya. She has investigated and reported extensively on the ongoing civil war in Somalia. Fatuma has also done extensive reporting in the East African region. Prior to this she worked as a reporter for Kenya National Agency and as a news correspondent for The Star. Her investigative story on underage refugee girls brothel operating in Nairobi gained her international recognition winning the Forum for African Investigative Reporters Award (FAIR) in 2009. In 2010 she was awarded Features Writer of the Year by Radio Africa Group Limited and David Astor Journalism Fellow the same year. In 2011 she was awarded the CNN print journalist of the year and African Journalist of the year 2011 for her investigative series on recruitment of the Al Shabaab group in Somalia. Fatuma has also worked with some of the worlds leading newspapers in the United Kingdom, the Guardian, The Independent and The Scotsman in Scotland She has a BA in Communication and a Diploma in Mass Communications.

Rana Sabbagh

Executive Director of Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism, ARIJ (Jordan)

She is the Jordan correspondent for The Times (of London), regular columnist for the London-based Arabic newspaper Al- Hayat and for Jordan’s daily Al Arab Al- Yawm, as well as consultant and trainer for the Thomson-Reuter Foundation. During her career, Ms Al-Sabbagh was also Chief Editor of the Jordan Times, served as correspondent for Reuters International News Agency and helped establish Jordan’s newest newspaper, Al-Ghad.

Mr Martin M. Šimecka

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

Mr Šimecka is a Slovak author and journalist, editor-in-chief of Respekt, a Czech intellectual weekly. He lives in Prague and Bratislava. He is one of the few Slovak authors who published in the “samizdat literature” during communism. Šimecka’s novel “The Year of the Frog” has been translated to English and French. In 1990 he founded and led an independent publishing house Archa. He later became Editor-in-Chief of Domino-forum, a Slovak weekly. From 1997–2006, he acted as Editor-in-Chief of SME, the country’s leading daily newspaper in English, before taking up his current position at Respekt.

Mr Paul Steiger

Editor-in-Chief, CEO, ProPublica (United States of the America)

Paul Steiger is the editor-in-chief, CEO and president of ProPublica. He worked for 15 years as a reporter, the Washington economics correspondent, and the business editor for the Los Angeles Times, and for 26 years as a reporter and editor for the Wall Street Journal. Steiger served as the managing editor of the Wall Street Journal from 1991 to 2007. During his tenure, members of the Journal’s newsroom staff were awarded 16 Pulitzer Prizes. In addition, ProPublica reporters received Pulitzer Prizes in May 2010 and 2011.
He is a member of the steering committee of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, a trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. From 1999 to 2007, he was a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board, serving as its chairman in his final year. For six years, from June 2005 to June 2011, Steiger was the chairman of the Committee to Protect Journalists. Awards include the Columbia Journalism Award, the University of Missouri Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism, the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center, the Gerald Loeb Award for lifetime achievement from the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA, the Dean’s Medal for Distinguished Leadership from Brandeis University, the Fourth Estate Award from the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., the National Press Foundation’s George Beveridge Editor of the Year Award, the Decade of Excellence Award from the World Leadership Forum in London, and the American Society of News Editors Leadership Award.

Mr Ko-ko U

Chairman of the Yangon Media Group, publisher of the Yangon Times and former Secretary-General of the Journalists and Writers Association (Myanmar)

Mr U is the Chairman of the Yangon Media Group, publisher of the Yangon Times and the former Secretary-General of the Journalists and Writers Association. He is closely engaged in the transition now underway in his country's media and developing the capacity for change to meet the new opportunities for free expression. He is also involved in the drafting process of the new press law and developing plans to create a national press council.

Ms Ljiljana Zurovac

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

Ms Zurovac is the Executive Director of the Bosnia-Herzegovina Press Council, which is the it is the first self-regulatory body for print media in the Region of Western Balkans and Southeast Europe. Previously, she worked for 6 years as the Program Director at the High College of Journalism, apart her active radio-journalists work. She is the founder and producer of the radio program on media ethics and media self-regulation named "Your Voice in Media", that she runs with a team of ten students of journalism. She is co-author of publications "Media Self-regulation and Judiciary", and "The First Shadow Report for BiH" on media ethics and media freedoms.

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