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Three women journalists win the Julio Castro award in Uruguay

The event, promoted by the La Diaria newspaper with UNESCO support, seeks to develop journalism outside the country's capital

In its second edition, the Uruguayan Julio Castro 2021 journalism prize awarded three women journalists for coverage of issues in the country’s interior. The event, organized by the La Diaria newspaper with UNESCO support, seeks to promote and develop journalism outside the country's capital.

The first recognition went to the work entitled, Social surplus: eyes that do not see, society that does not feel, written by journalist Paulina Molaguero, from the city of Canelones, won $ 30,000 Uruguayan pesos. The second and third place, with a prize of $ 10,000 each, went to Sofía Pinto-Román, for her report In honor of the Captain, and Luciana Delgado for a story about the role of women in the Laguna de Rocha, both from the department of Rocha.

In addition, the contest recognized five other mentions for the thematic creativity and narrative quality of the stories presented. The journalists featured in this chapter are Alvaro Rivas-Fossali, from Durazno; Iván Martínez-Autin, of Maldonado; Naara Pérez, from Minas; Nicolás Acosta-Gutiérrez, of Rocha; and Lala Schenck, from the city of Paysandú.

All the articles selected in the contest will be published in the La Diaria newspaper. The jury of the 2021 edition was made up of Ana Matyszczyk, representing UNESCO, journalists Cecilia Pérez, Silva Mónica Robaina, and José Gabriel Lagos.

UNESCO and independent journalism

With the proliferation of information of all kinds in an increasingly digital communications field, and with the challenges that this poses, such as the phenomena of disinformation and hate speech, local information production takes on decisive relevance. However, its production is under great strain, even more so in the current period of the pandemic.

In this context, UNESCO supports initiatives that aim to promote the practice of independent and investigative journalism, and particularly local journalism that favors access to information for rural, disadvantaged or remote communities far from urban centers

Who was Julio Castro?

Julio Castro was a Uruguayan educator and journalist. He was born in La Cruz, Florida, on November 13, 1908. He was kidnapped by the military dictatorship on 1 August 1977 and murdered two days later.

In 1930, together with Carlos Quijano and Arturo Ardao, he founded the El Nacional newspaper, which closed the following year due to economic difficulties. In March 1932, this same group created the Acción weekly, which in 1933 confronted the dictatorship of Gabriel Terra.

In June 1939, again together with Quijano and Ardao, Castro founded the Marcha weekly, of which he was editor-in-chief and director when it was closed on November 22, 1974, by the authorities of the dictatorship that had begun the previous year.

Julio Castro was arrested in the street on August 1, 1977 and transferred to a clandestine detention center at 4269 Millán Avenue, where he was murdered. His remains were found on December 1, 2011 in the 14th Parachute Infantry Battalion of the Uruguayan Army.