Bogota, Apr 7 (EFE).- Gabriela Cañas, the president of Agencia EFE, Spain’s international news agency, on Thursday emphasized the “high level” of Colombian journalism, noting that Colombian press personnel have won the most Rey de España International Awards of any nation: 47.
“You have a very high level that makes the rest of us a bit shy. Regarding the journalism awards that we give every year, the Rey de España Awards, which have been given for 39 years, the country with the most awards in history has always been Colombia,” said Cañas at a luncheon in Bogota with media directors from the Andean nation.
In the 2022 edition of the prizes presented by Agencia EFE, Colombia received two of the prestigious awards: the one for best work in Narrative Journalism for “The assassination of the president of Haiti,” by Noticias Caracol, headed by Ricardo Calderon, and the one for Best Photography, for the image “Resistir” by photographer Cesar Melgarejo, published in the daily El Tiempo.
The first award was presented for the exclusive report on the assassination of Jovenel Moise in 2021, and the second was presented for a photo taken during the national strike in Colombia on the morning of Saturday, May 22, 2021.
“Two of the awards were for Colombian media outlets. One was for El Tiempo, a spectacular photograph of the strike last year, and the other for Noticias Caracol for the assassination in Haiti,” Cañas said.
The EFE president also said that she had thought that the award for narrative journalism would be given for “fantastic writing, very well-done literature, journalistically stupendous.”
“The final result is an award that we gave for an absolutely innovative narration, full of computer graphics and videos. That’s the current narration that we need, that the public needs more and more … It’s impressive, it’s stunning journalism, and – on top of that – it’s innovative,” Cañas added.
Also participating in the event were the president of the Gabo Foundation, Jaime Abello, and the director of the Colombian Language Academy, Juan Carlos Vergara.