Four works, produced by El País, El Faro and La Silla Vacía, were chosen winners from a total of 1,585 applications.
The Gabo Foundation, an institution created by the journalist and Nobel Prize winner for Literature, Gabriel García Márquez, announces the winners of the Gabo Prize 2021, the most important recognition of journalism in Spanish and Portuguese, in its four contest categories: Text, Image, Coverage and Innovation.
The Tamaulipas Massacre: The American Dream Dies in Mexico and Beyond the Pier, Migration Crisis in the Canary Islands, both published by the newspaper El País (Spain), were the winners in the Text and Coverage categories, respectively. Unforgivable, a documentary produced by El Faro (El Salvador), won in the Image category, while a visual investigation by La Silla Vacía (Colombia), titled La Silla reconstructs how policemen killed the three young men from Verbenal, won the Innovation category.
The work of these four journalistic teams stands out for providing new perspectives and nuances to issues on the media agenda, and for exploring the possibilities of communication and technology to inform and raise awareness in a novel and efficient manner. They are referents of good journalism, one that scrutinizes, reveals, impacts and moves the fibers of society, with dazzling narratives that demonstrate a fierce passion for journalism with skill, rigor and ethics.
Considered the best in Latin America, the four winning stories were selected from a total of 1,585 works published between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021, by media with audiences in Latin America, Spain and Portugal. The selection process was made through a trial in three rounds, in which a jury of 57 journalists with extensive experience participated. This initially chose a list of 40 nominees –10 for each category–, then 12 finalists –3 for each category–, and finally the 4 awarded works.
The winners were announced in a virtual ceremony last Thursday, November 18, within the framework of the Gabo Festival No. 9, which runs until today, November 20. Each winning team will receive 35 million Colombian pesos and a copy of the Gabriel sculpture, by the Colombian artist Antonio Caro. The two finalists in each contest category will receive 8 million Colombian pesos.
Clemente Manuel Zabala Recognition and Recognition for Journalistic Excellence
Abelardo Gómez, general editor of La Cola de la Rata, a digital media based in Pereira, was named the winner of the Clemente Manuel Zabala Recognition for an exemplary Colombian editor. The jury highlighted its concern to train new generations in free, democratic and independent journalism and to lead a team that with its work opposes injustices, wherever they come from.
On October 21, Nicaraguan cartoonist Pedro X. Molina was announced as winner of the Recognition of Journalistic Excellence of the Gabo 2021 Award. Molina’s work was highlighted as an “extraordinary example of a combination between sharpness and beauty, with a very truthful and deep sense of the great problems of his country.”
The Gabo Award is possible thanks to the alliance of the Gabo Foundation with the SURA and Bancolombia groups, with their subsidiaries in Latin America.
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