Mexican journalist Anabel Hernández discusses the drug cartels and the role the Mexican government plays in protecting them on Democracy Now!.
En el aniversario del asesinato de Federico García Lorca por pelotón de fusilamiento, recordamos a su vida y a su obra y lo honramos como otra razón para luchar por una mayor libertad de expresión, para ambos periodistas y poetas.
On the anniversary of the murder of Federico García Lorca by firing squad, we remember his life and work and honor him as a reason to strive for greater freedom of expression, for journalists and for poets.
For the August issue of the National Geographic, journalist Alma Guillermoprieto (Cabot ‘90) and photographer Paul Nicklen head to the Mayan cenotes of the Yucatán. This article discusses the role ancestral Mayan beliefs still play in the communities of the Maya Riviera, as well as what we can learn of the Mayan civilization from studying the archaeoastronomy of these beautiful ruins.
Today in History:
On August 12, 1925, Guillermo Cano Isaza was born in Bogotá, Colombia. But 61 years later, he would be assassinated by hitmen linked to Colombian drug cartels. It is believed that his murder came about because of his work in journalism as the Director of El Espectador, where he had been covering the influence of the cartels in Colombian politics. Guillermo Cano Isaza had worked at El Espectador for more than thirty years at the time of his murder. He received the 1987 Cabot Prize posthumously as a memorial to his courage and to the sacrifices he made for the free press.
UNESCO also honored his memory by creating an annual prize that bears his name in 1997: the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. The Prize is awarded to those who do outstanding work to defend the freedom of the press. And in 2000, the International Press Institute named him one of the 50 World Press Freedom Heroes of the 20th century.
Sebastiao Salgado’s photography of the Awá people of northeastern Brasil for O Globo. His photos accompanied the article by Miriam Leitão (Cabot ‘05) on the threats the Awá face from illegal logging and settlement in their home in Gurupi Biological Reserves. We share his photography today on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples and celebrate the dignity and resistance of la gente indigena de Latinoamérica.
On the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, we share a story on indigenous resistance in Brazil, brought to us by 2005 Cabot winner Miriam Leitão.
In the Gurupi Biological Reserves in northeastern Brazil, the Awá people are trying to resist the illegal logging and settling that is threatening their livelihood and that has already decimated 30% of the original landscape. In this series for O Globo, Miriam Leitão reports from Gurupi, along with the celebrated photojournalist Sebastiao Salgado.
On what would have been the late Hugo Chávez’s birthday, we share a New York Review of Books piece on his life and legacy written by Cabot winner Alma Guillermoprieto.
On the 61st anniversary of Eva Perón’s death, we remember her life and legacy through this New Yorker essay by Alma Guillermoprieto, journalist and 1990 Cabot Medallist. The essay can also be found in Guillermoprieto’s beautifully written book, Looking for History: Dispatches from Latin America.
On the 60th anniversary of the 26th of July Movement, we invite you to visit the blog of Cuban journalist-blogger Yoani Sánchez, who won a Cabot Special Citation in 2009.
We were lucky enough to host Yoani Sánchez at Columbia Journalism School on March 14th, 2013. The video above is the footage of our conversation with her, in which she is introduced by the Director of the Cabot Prize, Josh Friedman.