Cuban Journalist, expert in media innovation and new Technologies
Yoani Sánchez, is an international journalist with a huge presence and influence around the world thanks to the new forms of communication, blogging platforms and social networks. Barack Obama said that her work "offers the world a unique window into the reality of daily life in Cuba" and acknowledged her efforts to promote freedom of expression through technology. Time magazine, meanwhile, included her in its list of the 100 Most Influential People in 2008. Her success is attested by the fact that her blog, Generation Y, which was blocked in Cuba, her homeland, is the blog with most international followers of her country and has been translated into seventeen languages by a team of volunteers. This has allowed her to have more than fourteen million hits per month and inspire thousands of comments.
On the other hand, she has been honoured with numerous awards and distinctions. The Spanish newspaper El País granted her with the Ortega y Gasset Prize for Journalism, under digital journalism. Her blog, Generation Y, was chosen by Time and CNN among the twenty best blogs in the world. She also won The BOBs contest of the Deutsche Welle, and she also was the first blogger to get the Maria Moors Cabot Prize in 2009. Foreign Policy magazine recognized her as one of the 10 Most Influential Latin American Intellectuals in 2008. She has also received the World Press Freedom Hero Award from the International Press Institute and the Prince Claus Award by the government of the Netherlands. She also directs the Blogger Academy in Havana, through which she contributes to grow and develop the blogosphere in her country.
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