Ceremony

Official Ceremony and Award of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

3 May 2006, Colombo

The Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, undertook his official visit to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, on the occasion of the celebration of the World Press Freedom Day. Together with H.E. President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Director-General participated in the Award Ceremony of the 2006 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize to the Lebanese journalist Ms May Chidiac.

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THE PRICE OF FREEDOM
May Chidiac

On the 25th of September, 2005 some few seconds were enough to change a whole life, my life. I was a victim of terrorism, and who could tell that on that day my whole life would change forever.
I have interviewed a countless number of politicians, journalists and other famous personalities in my career, and managed to get the information wanted from them in the most elegant way possible, but I would have never thought that this finesse in the search for truth and transparency could bring a death sentence with my name on it.
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