Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez wins human rights award

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  • December 13, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

The 2010 Jaime Brunet International Prize for Promotion of Human Rights has been awarded to the author of the blog Generation Y, Cuban journalist Yoani Sanchez, in recognition of her "valiant attitude" in defense of human rights on the island, reported EFE.

The prize is given by the Public University of Navarra in Spain and was created in 1998. In the past, the prize has been awarded to the Dalai Lama and organizations like Amnesty International.

According to the jury, Sanchez, with her narration of her daily experiences in Cuba, has become a "spokesperson for thousands of people “quieted by fear and threats.”

In her Twitter feed, Sanchez said she was thankful for the award.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.