Turkish journalist Şik wins Cano World Press Freedom Prize

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A Turkish investigative journalist Ahmet Şik has been designated as the winner of the 2014 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

The prize, named after a  Colombian newspaper reporter who was murdered in 1986, is awarded by UNESCO to a person, organization or institution making a significant contribution to the defence of press freedom anywhere in the world.

The $25,000 prize is awarded annually as part of the celebrations for World Press Freedom Day on 3 May.

According to UNESCO, Mr Şik is an ardent defender of freedom of expression, and has devoted his career to denouncing corruption and human rights abuses.

Since 1991 he has worked for several Turkish newspapers, Nokta, the leading political weekly new magazine in his country and Reuters News Agency as a photojournalist.

In 2011, Ahmet Şik was arrested and detained on charges of being linked to an alleged terrorist organization.

He risks 15 years imprisonment if convicted.

Released from detention in March 2012 while awaiting trial, Ahmet Şik resumed his professional activities as an investigative journalist.

During the summer of 2013, he was injured while covering demonstrations in Istanbul's Gezi Park.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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