MADRID – King Felipe VI on Monday presented the King of Spain awards to journalists from Spain and Latin America in a ceremony in Madrid, alongside state news agency EFE and country’s agency for international cooperation and development (AECID).
In a speech, the King said the awards highlighted the growing dedication to new themes seen in Spanish and Portuguese-language journalism such as the environment, the circular economy, cybersecurity, nutrition and new migration flows, all of which are of growing interest and even concern.
He warned that journalism today had to be governed by “truth, accuracy, the contrast of information, professionalism, impartiality and responsibility.”
Among the winners were Spanish journalist and writer, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Uruguayan-Spanish writer Carmen Posadas, a team from Spanish newspaper “El País,” as well as journalists from Brazil, Colombia, Cuba and Mexico.
The 34th edition of the awards saw Pérez-Reverte being named for the Don Quixote Prize for Journalism for an article about the impact of the mass arrival of migrants and refugees to Europe, published in the Spanish magazine “XL Semanal” on Sept. 13, 2015.
The jury awarded the Ibero-American Prize for Journalism to Carmen Posadas for “Soñar en español” (“Dream in Spanish”), in which she defends the Spanish language at a time when the number of Spanish speakers in the world is increasing, in an article published Aug. 8, 2016.
The award in Digital Journalism went to a team at Spanish newspaper “El País,” represented by Gregorio Rodríguez Ramos, for their work entitled “40 años del 20 N: La transformación de un país” (“40 years from 20-N: The transformation of a country”), published by the online version of the paper in November 2015.
The 20-N symbolic abbreviation marks the deaths of Spain’s nationalist party “Falange Española” founder, José Antonio Primo de Rivera, and dictator Francisco Franco.
The Environmental Journalism award went to Colombian Patricia Gómez and her team for their piece “Plomo: veneno invisible” (“Lead: invisible poison”), broadcast by RCN Televisión on Aug. 15, 2016.
Brazilian Vinicius Jorge Carneiro Sassine claimed the Press Prize for his work “Recusas da FAB impedem transplantes de 153 órgãos” (“FAB refusals prevent transplants of 153 organs”) published in the O Globo newspaper on June 5, 2016.
The Photography prize went to Cuban Yander Zamora for his shot “Llegada del Air Force One” (“Arrival of Air Force One”), published in various international papers in March 2016.
The Television award went to Mexican Carlos Loret de Mola for the 50-minute program “Éxodo” (“Exodus”), shown on Televisa on Aug. 25, 2016.
Jordi Basté took the Radio prize for a show in Catalan for “Atentados en París” (“Attacks in Paris”), broadcast by RAC1 on Nov. 13, 2016.
The winner of the Don Quixote Prize for Journalism, sponsored by Tragsa public service company, took home $9,700.
All other prizewinners were given 6,000 euros ($6,460).
Other prizes were sponsored by OHL construction company, apart from the Environmental Journalism award which was sponsored by Fundación Aquae and the Ibero-American Prize for Journalism was sponsored by Llorente&Cuenca consultants.
The King of Spain International Journalism Awards aim to recognize the work of professional journalists working in the Spanish and Portuguese languages in the countries that form the Ibero-American community and nations with which Spain has close links.