YOANI SANCHEZ

Yoani Sánchez is a Cuban blogger who has achieved international recognition for her critical portrayal of life in Cuba under its current government. Sánchez is best known for her blog, Generación Y (Generation Y), which is translated into 17 languages, and she is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, El País, Foreign Policy Magazine and CNN en Español. In 2008, she received the Ortega y Gasset Prize for Journalism; she was named one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time Magazine; and one of the “10 Most Influential Latin American Intellectuals” by Foreign Policy Magazine. November 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama applauded her efforts to “empower fellow Cubans to express themselves through the use of technology,” and she received the Maria Moors Cabot Prize from Columbia University’s School of Journalism. In 2010, Sánchez was named a “World Press Freedom Hero” by the International Press Institute, and also received a Prince Claus Award from the Netherlands’ Prince Claus Fund.

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