Mexican journalist dedicates Ortega y Gasset journalism prize to slain colleagues

Mexican journalist Humberto Padgett was among the winners of the prestigious 2012 Ortega y Gasset Journalism Prizes, organized by the Spanish newspaper El País, awarded Tuesday, May 8. Padgett, a reporter for the Emeequis magazine, won the prize for print journalism for his work "The Lost Boys" (Los Muchachos Perdidos), about organized crime in Mexico.

This year's award ceremony, held in Madrid, paid tribute to "unknown journalists, far from the glitz, the money and fame," and recognized the work of the winners who "defend citizens' right to know," according to La Voz Libre.

Padgett dedicated his award to all of his slain colleagues and fellow journalists who face violence on a daily basis, calling them Mexico's "true heroes," reported Proceso and Notimex.

The other Ortega y Gasset winners are: Spanish reporter Carmela Ríos of the newspaper El País for her Twitter coverage of the 15-M Indignants movement and protests, Spanish photographer Jacobo Méndez for his photos of the social movement, and English journalist Harold Evans was recognized for his professional career, according to Notimex.