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Placid Garcia-Planas received the Cirilo Rodriguez Prize for Journalism.

Latest NewsPlacid Garcia-Planas received the Cirilo Rodriguez Prize for Journalism.

Placid García-Planas Marcet (Sabadell, 1962), Special Envoy to Conflict Sites and Editor of La Vanguardia International, received the XXXVII Cirilo Rodriguez Memorial Prize in Journalism organized by the Segovia Association of Journalists. The finalists in a tough vote, according to the jury, were EL PAÍS correspondents in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, Jacobo Garcia and Cadena Ser in Brussels, Griselda Pastor.

The García-Planas jury, composed of a broad representation of the national media, both press and TV and radio channels, of which Queen Letizia is the honorary chairman, considered his “honesty before language and his capacity for tension between language and literature”.

Sent to conflicts like the Balkans or the Middle East, the La Vanguardia reporter disguised himself as a Pashtun to infiltrate Kandahar, into the hands of the Taliban, to report without being kidnapped. He is the author of books such as Revencha del Reporter, in which he follows in the footsteps of the seven great war correspondents of the Vanguard since 1893; and “Jazz in Hitler’s Office”, where he uses paradox as the most effective means of explaining the brutality of wars and showing what symbolic places European histories have become. In “Like an Angel Without Permission,” he speaks without pity about the legal trade in guns and its consequences, highlighting his reports from gun fairs, especially when he asks sellers about the effectiveness of deadly devices and the latest body bags.

The award, sponsored by the Segovia City Council and the Provincial Council, includes €8,000 and a sculpture from the Royal Glassworks of La Granja, while the other two finalists receive €2,000 each and a work similar to the winner. but on a smaller scale. In addition, the Spanish Federation of Associations of Journalists (FAPE), the Maria Zambrano Campus of the University of Valladolid, Repsol, Iberia and the guarantee brand Cochinillo de Segovia cooperate.

Jacobo Garcia works in Mexico, where 11 journalists were killed this year, considered an example of a local reporter practicing essential journalism; while Griselda Pastor, in her 25 years in Brussels, manages to flexibly develop her chronicles, even when it comes to complex issues, such as decisions made in European institutions, but affecting millions of citizens.

During the ceremony, a tribute was paid to the 85-year-old journalist Dolores Masana, who was presented with the Cirilo Rodriguez Honorary Award for her long professional career as an international head of La Vanguardia for 20 years and previously a reporter in wars and armed conflicts.



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