Spanish war correspondent
Javier Espinosa Robles (Spain, 1964) has a B. S. in Communication, Journalism sector.
Throughout his professional trajectory, he has worked as an editor in El Día y La Tarde from Canary Islands, Ya in Madrid, Época magazine in Madrid and El Mundo in Madrid. He also was contributor in El Independiente, EFE Agency and Onda Cero Radio.
He is nowadays a Near East correspondent in El Mundo, based in Jerusalem and Beirut. Since he started his professional trajectory, he has been destined as Época correspondent in London in 1989; El Mundo correspondent in Latin America, based in Mexico from 1995 to 1999; and El Mundo correspondent in Africa, based in Rabat from 1999 to 2002.
During this period, he covered Angola’s War, Sri Lanka War, the Gulf War (1990), Yugoslavia War (Croatia and Bosnia), he covered the massacre between Hutus and Tutsis in Ruanda, the War between Ecuador and Peru and the Colombian War. In 1994 he covered the end of the Apartheid in South-Africa.
He covered between 1995 and 1999, in Latin America all the most significant events which took place in the continent, for example the United States invasion in Haiti in 1994, the Japanese Embassy crisis in Peru, Pinochet’s case in Chile, the short conflict between Ecuador and Peru or the Presidential elections in several countries.
In 1999 he was kidnapped by the rebels in Sierra Leona. In year 2000 Espinosa was awarded with the King of Spain International Journalism Prize with his article “Regreso al infierno de Sierra Leona”, in which he described the armed conflict through soldier children.
He is nowadays Near East correspondent, where he has covered the Palestinian Second Intifada, the Iraq’s war since 2003, the Lebanon conflict in 2006 and since 2011 all the Arabian civil uprisings except for the Tunisian. It is important to emphasize his recent coverage in Homs, during the Syrian conflict.
The award ceremony took place on May 24th, in the auditorium of Random House Mondadori and it was chaired by Patrocinio Macián, President of the Miguel Gil Moreno Foundation; FAPE’s President, Elsa González; Deutsche Presse Agentur correspondent, Ramiro Villapadierna and Plaza & Janés of RHM editor, David Trías.
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Ramiro Villapadierna, Pato Macián, Elsa González and David Trías.