Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova awarded with UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2016. The Prize will be awarded during the celebration of World Press Freedom Day on 3rd May 2016 hosted by Finland.
- She has been recommended Ismayilova in recognition of her outstanding contribution to press freedom in difficult circumstances. The prize is awarded on the recommendation of an independent jury of 12 news
UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize 2016:
- The Prize was established in 1997 to honour 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.
- The $25,000 Prize isbestowed in honour of Guillermo Cano Isaza, a Colombian journalist who was assassinated in front of the offices of his newspaper,El Espectador, in Bogotá, in 1986.
- It is funded by the Cano Foundation (Colombia) and the HelsinginSanomat Foundation (Finland).
- The Prize is intended to honour a person/organization or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the defence promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world.
- The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the UN Nations.
- The organisation headquartered in Paris, France is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through educational, scientific, and cultural reforms in order to increase universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights.
- The body has 195 member states and nine associate members.