Friday, April 27, 2007

Exiled Cuban wins journalism award

Last updated April 27, 2007 1:14 a.m. PT
Exiled Cuban wins journalism award


MADRID, Spain -- Cuban dissident writer Raul Rivero has won a
prestigious Spanish journalism award for his reporting on his native
country, where he spent two years in jail on charges of trying to
undermine President Fidel Castro's government.

Rivero, who is 62 and moved to Madrid in 2005 after being released from
prison, won one of several Ortega y Gasset Prizes that were announced
Wednesday. The awards, now in their 24th year, are given by Spain's
top-selling newspaper, El Pais.

The jury voted unanimously to give Rivero the prize for journalism in
recognition of his "tenacious and committed battle for journalistic
freedom" in Cuba.

It praised Rivero, who is also a poet, for a life's work that is "very
original and of extraordinary literary value."

Other prizes were given out in categories such as photography and
investigative reporting. The awards are named for the late Spanish
philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset.

Each carries a $20,000 stipend and a sculpture by the late Spanish
artist Eduardo Chillida. The award ceremony is scheduled for May 9 in

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