HAVANA TIMES, July 28 – Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez obtained one of the medals of the 2009 Maria Moors Cabot Prize, awarded by Columbia University, reported IPS. Sanchez, a 34-year-old philologist known for her acrid criticism of the island’s government, is the author of the Generation Y blog, which cannot be seen in Cuba.
Sanchez is sharply criticized by pro-government Cuban journalists for having funding sources and allies in the US and Europe that are considered enemies of the Cuban revolution. While she has never been formally arrested she claims to be under constant surveillance.
Sanchez has won several other awards and was named among Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2008.
Havana Times did not participate in the contest.