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UNESCO Guillermo Cano Prize 2024 Awarded to Palestine Journalists in Gaza

In a gesture of solidarity and recognition, Palestinian journalists covering the crisis in Gaza have been named laureates of the 2024 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. The announcement comes from the recommendation of an International Jury of media professionals, emphasizing the courage and commitment of these journalists amidst challenging circumstances.

Acknowledgement from International Figures

Mauricio Weibel, Chair of the International Jury, highlights the immense debt owed to these journalists for their courage and dedication to freedom of expression. UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay echoes this sentiment, emphasizing the importance of collective action to support journalists worldwide in their vital role of informing and investigating.

Challenges faced by Journalists

The ongoing conflict in Gaza has had severe repercussions for journalists, with UNESCO reporting the deaths of 26 journalists and media workers since October 7, 2023. Dozens of other cases are under review, underscoring the dangers faced by journalists reporting from conflict zones.

UNESCO’s Supportive Initiatives

UNESCO has been actively supporting journalists operating in conflict and crisis zones. In Gaza, the organization is distributing essential supplies and establishing safe working spaces. Similar efforts are underway in Ukraine, Sudan, Haiti, and Afghanistan, where journalists receive protective equipment, training, and emergency grants.

The UNESCO/ Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

Established in 1997, the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the defense and promotion of press freedom, especially in the face of danger. Named after Colombian journalist Guillermo Cano Isaza, the prize honors his legacy and is funded by various foundations and organizations committed to press freedom.

An Overview of UNESCO

With a mandate to promote peace and security through education, science, culture, communication, and information, UNESCO leads multilateral cooperation efforts worldwide. Headquartered in Paris, the organization oversees initiatives ranging from World Heritage sites to educational programs, embodying its vision of building defenses of peace in the minds of humanity.

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