CEDICE’s Watchdog For Freedom And Democracy Project Named Finalist For Prestigious Templeton Freedom Award

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Caracas, Venezuela-based Center for Dissemination of Economic Knowledge about Freedom (CEDICE Freedom) was named one of six finalists for this year’s prestigious $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award for its Watchdog for Freedom and Democracy project which brings together three “observatories” that monitor the state of individual rights in Venezuela. (Spanish)

“With the Watchdog for Freedom and Democracy [project], CEDICE works towards the empowerment of citizens — that concept that has been lost during these years of socialism,” said Rocio Guijarro, executive director of CEDICE. “The more a person knows about civil and economic rights, about the responsibilities of the parliament and what his or her taxes are, all the while participating in the follow-up to laws passed in the country, the more such a person will be able to, from his own criteria, analyze the situation and bring change to the political process.”

Within the Watchdog project, three observatories collect and share data on property rights, legislative proposals, and public expenditures, exposing institutions undermining the autonomy of Venezuelans and building public consensus against increasing State power. More than 5,000 Venezuelans have attended Watchdog forums, and CEDICE has generated more than 2,500 press appearances, a remarkable feat in a country where the State controls 80 percent of the media.

What: CEDICE’s Watchdog for Freedom and Democracy project named one of six finalists for Atlas Network’s prestigious $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award
When: Nov. 12, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner closing ceremony – Capitale, 130 Bowery, New York, NY 10013 (Bowery and Grand St.)
Press ContactDaniel.Anthony@AtlasNetwork.org or (202) 449-8441

Awarded since 2004, the Templeton Freedom Award is named for the late investor and philanthropist Sir John Templeton. The award annually honors his legacy by identifying and recognizing the most exceptional and innovative contributions to the understanding of free enterprise, and the public policies that encourage prosperity, innovation, and human fulfillment via free competition. The award is generously supported by Templeton Religion Trust and will be presented during Atlas Network’s Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner gala dinner ceremony Nov. 12, 2015 in New York City. The winning organization will receive a $100,000 prize and the runners-up will receive $5,000.

The 2015 Templeton Freedom Award finalists are:
Acton Institute (Grand Rapids, Mich., United States) — Poverty, Inc.
Center for Dissemination of Economic Knowledge for Freedom (CEDICE Freedom) (Caracas, Venezuela) — Watchdog for Freedom and Democracy Project
Free Market Foundation (FMF) (Johannesburg, South Africa) — Khaya Lam Land Reform Project
Institute for Justice (IJ) (Arlington, Va., United States) — Strategic Research Program
Institute of Public Affairs (Melbourne, Australia) — Repeal the Carbon Tax Campaign
Tax Foundation (Washington, District of Columbia, United States) — State Business Tax Climate Index

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