Thursday, July 30, 2009

Cuban Blogger Yoani Sanchez Gets Citation for Journalistic Excellence from Columbia University

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Announces Winners of 2009
Maria Moors Cabot Prize for Outstanding Reporting
on Latin America and the Caribbean

Yoani Sánchez is an ordinary Cuban citizen using the Internet with extraordinary power. In barely two years, her weekly blog, Generación Y, has put the rest of the world in touch with Cuba — at least digitally. Generación Y does not repeat the battle of words which Cuba and the U.S. have hurled back and forth for five decades. Instead, it is a pitch-perfect mix of personal observation and tough analysis, which conveys better than anybody else what daily life — with all its frustrations and hopes — is like for Cubans living their lives on the island today.

Sánchez, a 34-year-old philologist, pursues her craft with ingenuity, scarce resources and an enormous amount of guts — buying a few minutes here and there on one of the few internet-connected computers available to Cubans in Havana, quickly downloading and emailing her written and video comments to devoted supporters who post the blog in 15 languages. She has a loyal following of thousands around the world. For her courage, talent and great achievement in such a brief period of time, the Maria Moors Cabot board is proud to award Yoani Sánchez a special citation for journalistic excellence.

See previous CD posts about Yoani Sanchez and her blog here, here, here and here.


At 7/30/2009 10:07 AM, Blogger QT said...

Just being reading some of the most recent posts.

It is rare that one sees this type of journalism.

Thanks, Mark

At 7/30/2009 1:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very politically correct.

Female, latina, lives in a communist country, no one has heard of her. Probably good party member.

You wouldn't see Columbia giving this kind of award to a conservative male, Armando Valladares for instance. Now or 30 years ago.

At 7/30/2009 5:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: Anonymous
Female, very famous among Cuban-Americans for er, NOT being a communist and reporting truthfully from the island against lots of repression. I know reseach doesn't come before "assumptions" in the dictionary, but maybe it should.

At 7/30/2009 8:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think Columbia even knows what she does.

At 7/30/2009 9:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, right, just like Rigoberta Menchu. Someone actually believes the Cuban secret police don't know where she is, what she does, and what she says? A face like that goes completely unnoticed?

So why let her write? Because nations like Cuba and North Korea get off on their own vicious reputations and by creating a heroine she will attract dissenters for arrest. She is a complete communist shill. Money sent from Florida to support her cause probably goes straight to Castro and identifies zealots in the US for murder by Cuban agents.

34 my ass. She's not a day under 38.

Some people are so gullible. Get your bs meters fixed.

At 7/30/2009 10:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Communist University School of Propaganda presents the Hero of the Motherland Medal to...

At 8/01/2009 9:48 AM, Blogger misterjosh said...

I think anonymous is getting a little overboard on the conspiracy theories, but indeed I do wonder how long she can stay out of the gulag.

At 8/20/2009 12:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So bitter about this woman YOU don't know... why? She's not an unknown. She won Spain's Ortega y Gasset prize -- equivalent of the Pulitzer. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine, Foreign Policy called her one of the Ten Most Important Latin American Intellectuals...
And... NOT a party member... she's followed everywhere she goes by Castro's goons... and now barred from events as a "counterrevolutionary" -- Read her blog. She's a brave woman changing the world, one Cuba at a time.

At 8/20/2009 12:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh and did I mention she blogs on Huffington Post? She's hardly an 'unknown female no one has ever heard of.


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