UNESCO Calls for Proposals for 2005 World Press Freedom Prize
Member States and regional and international NGOs are invited to submit names of candidates for the 2005 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. The Prize, created in 1997, each year honours a person, organization or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the defence and/or promotion of press freedom. Nominations must reach UNESCO by 29 October 2004.
The Prize was established on the initiative of UNESCO's Executive Board and is formally conferred by the Director-General of the Organization, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, on May 3rd on the recommendation of an independent jury of 14 media professionals.
The Prize is named in honour of Guillermo Cano Isaza, a Colombian journalist who was assassinated in front of the offices of his newspaper, El Espectador, in Bogotá, on December 17th. 1986.
Guillermo Cano's fate exemplifies the price paid by journalists the world over in exercising their profession; journalists are imprisoned and ill-treated every day and the fact that these crimes, for the most part, go unpunished is even more alarming.