Cuba’s Yoani Sánchez: Press Freedom Award Brings Responsibility

Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez said on Saturday that she feels “very responsible” following the International Press Institute’s decision to choose her as one of its 60 World Press Freedom Heroes, the Latin American Herald reports. “The word that sums up how I feel now is responsibility. Very responsible for what this means, being on a list with people who are risking their lives and their reputations as well in many parts of the world,” Sánchez, who received a text message telling her the news about the award announced in Vienna on Friday, said.
The blogger, who turned 35 on Saturday, joins the list of 60 journalists awarded prizes since 2000 by the Vienna-based IPI, which has described her as a “harsh critic of the reality in Cuba,” while highlighting her work to remind “the world about the Caribbean island’s restrictions on free speech.”
Sanchez, author of the “Generación Y” blog since 2007, said the IPI honor included an invitation and “in theory I should be in Vienna on Sept. 13 to take part in the ceremony. There’s not much time but I’m going to apply to see if I can go,” said the blogger, whom the Cuban government on several occasions has denied permission to leave the island when invited to receive prizes and take part in international events.
Yoani Sánchez, who also expressed her gratitude for the prize with an audio message on her Twitter account, won Spain’s 2008 Ortega y Gasset Prize for Digital Journalism and in 2009 received an honorable mention for the Maria Moors Cabot Prize from Columbia University in New York City.

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