Guillermo Cano's Biography


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Guillermo Cano Isaza was born in Bogota, Colombia the August 12 of 1925. His parents were Gabriel Cano and Luz Isaza and descendant of the founder of the newspaper El Espectador. He studied in the Gimnasio Moderno in Bogota, and when he finished, he start working in the Espectador by another great writer… his father. He was the director of the newspaper since September 17, 1952.

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Through his career he won many prices and write excellent articles of important news. Guillermo was fortunate to traveling with his wife (Ana Maria Busquets) to the Olympics of 1972 in Munich. Colombia won the first three medals in history and he had to cover the Arab terrorist act that killed eleven Israelis athletes from his typewriter. In 1980 he celebrated the centenary of the birth of Don Fidel Cano, founder of “El Espectador”, and writes “El abuelo que nunca conoci” reason why he receives the award of Simón Bolivar.


According to Óscar Alarcón Núñez, former worker of Guillermo, Cano not only had the talent of journalism, but particularly he had a talent to make the titles. This could sound easy but has to be very concrete, introducing the new and has a limited space. One example of this talent is in the article when the conservatives were choosing presidential candidate between Pastrana, Sourdis, and Belisario Betancourt, he name the article: “Al rojo vivo la convención azul”. This means rojo for the liberals, but they were in elections of a conservative that means azul.


Pablo Escobar ordered to kill him on December 17, 1986 in Bogota. Guillermo Cano was one of the most journalists against the narcotrafic, so Escobar and the rest of the mafia decide to kill him. Cano was going to his home with his family, and a pair of assassins kills him in front of the office with 8 shoots in his chest. The murder of Cano is still unpunished. In Honor of Guillermo Cano Unesco instituted the “Premio Mundial a la Libertad de Expresión Guillermo Cano”.



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