Jury 2015

Members of the Jury of the UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize 2015


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.
In 1986, she graduated in Journalism and Media at the Stockholm University. She also studied economy at the Stockholm School of Economics, and communication and marketing at the New York University.

Yuli Ismartono

Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Tempo (Indonesia)

Yuli Ismartono is Deputy Chief Editor of TEMPO English, a weekly news and current affairs magazine based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Yuli Ismartono is an expert in media issues and media training, government relations and community development. 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). She is a board member of Altsean Burma, an NGO based in Bangkok, involved in promoting freedom and democracy, including media development. She is President of an Indonesian NGO, the TIFA Foundation, promoting media development, pluralism, access to justice and women empowerment. Yuli Ismartono completed her undergraduate studies in political science at Delhi University and graduated in journalism at Syracuse University in New York.

Chadia Khedir

Director, Watania 2 (Tunisia)

Chadia Khedir is the director of the Tunisian public TV channel Watania2. She has worked as a journalist and reporter for 18 years producing youth and cultural programs for TV and radio. She was also journalist for the National Tunisian Television and is now professor at the Institute of Media and Information Sciences. Chedia Khedir is currently preparing her PhD about access to information and investigative journalism in Tunisia.

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. She works for the Panamean Television Channel Telemetro. She worked for Proética, Transparency International's chapter in Peru, as the Executive Director, and at Channel 4 as the news director. 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.

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.


Jacques Pauw

Executive Producer, Special Assignment, SABC (South Africa)

Jacques Pauw is the executive producer for Special Assignment, a current affairs program at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). He was a founding member and assistant editor of Vrye Weekblad, the first Afrikaans language anti-apartheid newspaper that became one of the most persecuted and prosecuted newspapers in South African history. Pauw has also written three books mainly on the apartheid issue.

Clovis Rossi

Journalist, Folha de Sao Paulo (Brazil)

Mr Clovis Rossi (Brazil) 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. 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, published in France by Gallimard. 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.

Paul Steiger

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

Paul Steiger is the editor-in-chief and president of ProPublica. He worked for 15 years as a reporter, as the Washington economics correspondent, and as the business editor for the Los Angeles Times. He worked 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 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 2005 to 2011, Steiger was the chairman of the Committee to Protect Journalists. He received a number of Prizes including the Columbia Journalism Award and the American Society of News Editors Leadership Award.

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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