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HAPPY AT 90 MILES » Update: Yoani Gold Medalist
Jul
29
2009

Update: Yoani Gold Medalist


On checking out Yoani’s blog after writing today’s post, I learned that she has been honored by the prestigious Journalism School of Columbia University with their 2009 Maria Moors Cabot prize for outstanding Reporting on Latin America and the Caribbean.

Here is their mention of her:

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.

Another prize from the great abroad where she isn’t allowed to go. Regardless, congratulations to you Yoani. You deserve it and more!

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