Congratulations Yoani!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism has announced Yoani Sanchez as a 2009 winner of its prestigious 71st Maria Moors Cabot Prize for outstanding reporting on Latin America and the Caribbean.

The award honors journalists who cover the Western Hemisphere and whose reporting and editorial work have advanced inter-American understanding.

Yoani Sanchez is Cuba's Generation Y blogger. She has creatively managed to defy the island's censors in order to give the world a compelling look at the Castro regime's repressive realities. In 2008, Time Magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World; this year it named Generation Y one of the Best Blogs of 2009. Spain honored her with its highest award for digital journalism, the Ortega y Gasset Prize.

The 2009 Cabot winners will receive their awards Oct. 14.

The Castro regime has consistently denied Yoani an "exit permit" to travel abroad and receive previous awards and recognitions.

Will the same happen with New York?