Turkish investigative journalist Ahmet Sik won 2014 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. He received the award worth of 25000 US dollars by the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova in Paris on 2 May 2014.
Ahmet Sik, 46, is a freelance journalist who worked for several Turkish newspapers such as Cumhuriyet, Radikal, Evrensel and Yeni Yuzyil between 1991 and 2011. He has also worked as photo journalist for the magazine Nikta and Reuters news agency. He is a member of the Turkish Journalist’s Union.
UNESCO-United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation
UNESCO was created in 1947. It strives to build networks among nations that strive to establish the peace on the basis of humanity moral and intellectual solidarity. The organisation enables solidarity by
• Mobilizing for education
• Building intercultural understanding
• Pursuing scientific cooperation
• Protecting freedom of expression
About the UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize
• The award was created by UNESCO’s Executive Board in 1997.
• It is awarded annually on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day that is celebrated on 3 May. It is funded by the Guillermo Cano Isaza Foundation and the Helingin Sanomat Foundation.
• The purpose of the Prize is to reward each year a person, organization or institution that has made a notable contribution to the defence or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, especially if risks have been involved.
• Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu won the UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2013.
What: received by Ahmet Sik
When: 2 May 2014