UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2016 Received By Khadija Ismayilova


An investigative journalist from Azerbaijan, Khadija Ismayilova  has been chosen to receive the 2016 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. The Prize will be awarded during the celebration of World Press Freedom Day 3 May 2016 hosted by Finland.

An independent international jury of media professionals recommended Ms Ismayilova in recognition of her outstanding contribution to press freedom in difficult circumstances

Ms Ismayilova, a freelance journalist and contributor to the Azerbaijani service of Radio Free Europe, was detained in December 2014.  Than in September 2015, she was sentenced to seven and a half years’ imprisonment on charges relating to abuse of power and tax evasion. 

The prize named in honour of Guillermo Cano Isaza, an assassinated Colombian journalist and created by UNESCO’s Executive Board in 1997, the annual UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize honours a person, organization or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the defence and or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, and especially when this has been achieved in the face of danger. It is funded by the Cano Foundation (Colombia) and the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation (Finland). The award prize is $25,000. 

So lets discuss some questions related to this post which can be asked in the upcoming exams :
1. Name the person who has been chosen to receive the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize for the year 2016 ?
2.  The award will be given to the awardee on the celebration of which day  and where ?
3. World Press Freedom Day is observed on which date every year ?


Courtesy : UNESCO. Org.
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