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World Press Freedom Prize 2007

The Prize is named in honour of Guillermo Cano Isaza

Regulations for the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize
Definition

UNESCO has established an annual World Press Freedom Prize, the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano, in honour of the Colombian journalist who died in the exercise of his profession.

Purpose

This prize is intended to honour, each year, a person, organization or institution that has made a notable contribution to the defence and/or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, especially if this involved risk.

Amount and financing

The prize-winner shall receive the sumof US$ 25,000, together with an object symbolizing the award. The Cano Foundation undertakes to contribute annually US$ 12,500 to a special account created for the Prize, which may also receive voluntary contributions from public or private institutions, associations, foundations, corporate entities or persons.

Nominations of candidates

Member States, and international and regional professional and non-governmental organizations working in the field of journalism and freedom of expression may nominate candidates for the Prize. They must explain their choice in writing, in English or French. Nominations should be submitted to the Director-General. No Member State or organization may submit more than three candidates in the same year.

The Jury

The Prize Jury shall be composed of two members from each of the six regions as defined by UNESCO, in other words 12 persons appointed in their individual capacity by the Director-General of UNESCO, and two representatives of the Cano Foundation. In addition, the Director-General of UNESCO or his designated representative shall serve as Secretary to the Jury. The Jury shall adopt its rules of procedure which may in no way contravene the provisions of these Regulations. The Director-General shall nominate the prize-winner on the recommendation of the Jury.

Schedule

Nominations shall reach the Director-General every year before 31 October. He shall communicate them to the President of the Jury by 15 December at the latest. The Jury shall meet on or about 15 February to vote and inform the Director-General of its choice. The formal ceremony for the award of the Prize by the Director-General shall take place on the following 3 May during the celebration of World Press Freedom Day, to be organized at UNESCO in Paris or elsewhere.

Changes to the Regulations

The Director-General, after consulting the Jury, shall submit any changes to these Regulations to the Executive Board.


Form for presentation of candidatureby Members States and International and Regional NGOs

Candidate presented by :
(Member State, professional organization, non-governmental organization)
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Name of candidate :
(name, family name of the person or name of the organization or institution)
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Date and place of birth or creation of the organization :
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Nationality, or country of origin or headquarters of the organization :
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Address :
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A brief biography (or history in the case of an organization) highlighting the nominee’s contribution to the defense and/or promotion of freedom of information over the years :
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Please add all necessary background documents (e.g. resumé, statutes for an organization, etc.) which may be of use for the pre-selection process.

The material concerning candidates should be sent, before 30 January 2008, to :

UNESCO
Programme for Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace
1, rue Miollis, 75732 Paris Cedex 15
France
Tel: 33.1.45.68.42.12
Fax: 33.1.45.68.55.84
E-mail: s.coudray@unesco.org