Mazen Darwish honoured with UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2015


Mazen Darwish is a Syrian journalist and rights activist. He was honoured with UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2015. Darwish received this award by the UN’s Cultural body for recognition of his work carried out in Syria for more than 10 years at great personal sacrifice, harassment, enduring a travel ban, as well as repeated detention and torture.

  • At present, Darwish has been jailed by the Bashar al-Assad’s regime. In February 2012 ,He was arrested along with his colleagues Hani Zaitani and Hussein Ghreir at the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression.
  • Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize was established in 1997. It is an annual award given by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on the occasion of World Press Freedom day.
  • The price of award money is US $25,000 and it funded by the Cano Foundation (Colombia) and the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation (Finland).
  • In Bogota in 1986, named in honour of a Colombian journalist Guillermo Cano Isaza, who was assassinated in front of the offices of his newspaper, El Espectador.

- Published/Last Modified on: May 5, 2015