Havana-based blogger Sánchez wins Spanish social media prize

Cuban journalist Yoani Sánchez, author of the Generation Y blog, won the “iNetworks” (iRedes) prize for the “courage and impact” of her work, ABC and El Mundo report.

The more than $8,000 prize, which adds to the large list of human rights and freedom of expression awards already won by the Cuban, is organized by Spain’s Ibero-American Congress on Social Networks. iNetworks chose to honor Sánchez for “her constant and valiant activity on social networks, for the quality and impact of her work…and for being a source of inspiration for those who use social networks to defend freedoms and rights.”

The blogger reacted to the award via her Twitter account, saying that it was “tremendous news.”

To Radio Martí, she added that the prize “highlights the fact that my work has served to take the this news beyond the island, all these parts of our dailies lives that the official press censors, masks, and silences.”

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.