Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul nominated
Chairman of UNESCO
World Pres Freedom Prize
Noted Bangladeshi journalist Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul nominated as Chairman of UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize for 2013. This announcement was made on behalf of the Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova from UNESCO head quarter Paris. It said: Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul will lead a 12 member International Jury Board. The members of the Jury board consists from the Editor, Senior Journalists and Media Experts from the USA, France, Indonesia, Hungary, Mexico, Jordan, Egypt, Senegal, Bulgaria, Kenya and Peru.
Named in honour of Guillermo Cano Isaza, an assassinated Colombian journalist, the Prize is intended 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, especially when this has been achieved in the face of danger. It is intended to reward journalists who have shown dedication in the name of freedom of expression and information, and to afford them the international recognition they deserve.
The Prize is awarded annually and marked by a ceremony and the winner is presented with the sum of US$25,000. This year’s prize will be awarded on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, on 3 May 2013 in San Jose – Costa Rica.
Born in Bogotá (Colombia) on 12 August 1925, Guillermo Cano Isaza was assassinated on 17 December 1986, at the entrance to the office of El Espectador, where he had served as the editor since the age of 27. The newspaper’s building was destroyed in a bomb attack three years later.
The UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize was established in 1997, on the initiative of UNESCO’s Executive Board and is formally conferred by the Director-General of the Organization on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, on 3 May.