Spanish newspaper awards prizes to Mexican reporters and Venezuelan editors

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  • October 7, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

Luz del Carmen Sosa Carrizosa and Sandra Rodríguez of the newspaper Diario de Juárez won the "Reporteros del Mundo" prize awarded by the Spanish newspaper El Mundo in recognition of their “extraordinary valor” in covering drug trafficking and the killing of women in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

In its ninth year, El Mundo’s International Journalism Prizes also recognized the work for freedom of expression of Miguel Henrique Otero and Andrés Mata Osorio, editors and owners of two of Venezuela’s largest newspapers, El Nacional and El Universal, respectively.

It’s important for us that the foreign and national media observe the work that is done here on the border and particularly because we do professional and serious journalism,” Sosa said, as quoted by El Diario. Two reporters from that newspaper have been assassinated in the last two years.

In the case of the Venezuelan journalists, the jury determined that “they exercise a journalism of opinion and defense of freedom of expression where it is more uncomfortable to exercise it and defend it,” El Universal explains.

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.