Laura Anglès.- The Assamblea de la Unió de Periodistes Valencians has reached an agreement to concede 2014 Press Freedom prize to The Guardian newspaper. The award is principally directed to its director, Alan Rusbrigder, who coped with British Government pressures after the journal disclosed the espionage brought to terms by the United States with some collaborator countries, such as United Kingdom.
The award compensates the executive and the newspaper’s actuation, considered “an example of professionalism and freedom of speech and right to information defence”, yet it also criticises the British Government’s authoritarian and undemocratic behaviour. Attitude, according to the own Assemble de la Unió de Periodistes Valencians, that “is starting to become too usual when it comes to hiding democratic states’ totalitarian stances, with the only argument of guaranteeing security”.
The award will be handed out next 3rd of March, Worldwide Day of Press Freedom, at the Universitat de València. During the ceremony, the public television and radio workers’ job will also be recognised, such as the artist’s Yolanda Domínguez, activist who launched a campaign so women around Spain attend the Commercial Register to enlist the “property” of their body.
Translated by Clàudia Arqués