Journalist specialising in Africa
The jury for the 13th Miguel Gil Moreno Journalism Award has decided to present the prize to Gemma Parellada for “her outstanding career, courage and deep commitment to the truth which are so reminiscent of Miguel Gil.” The jury this year was made up of Patrocinio Macián, President of the Miguel Gil Moreno Foundation, David Trías, Literary Director at Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, and the journalists Ramón Lobo, Enric Martí, Javier Bauluz, Pilar Requena and Bru Rovira, who praised Parellada’s “dedication” and “efforts to report injustices to the world through her stories, especially those in the silenced African continent.”
The jury recognised Gemma Parellada as a professional who “is part of a generation willing to leave their youth behind” and be an example of journalism in times of crisis. Gemma Parellada works as a reporter in sub-Saharan Africa and has been travelling across the continent for over a decade. She is a correspondent for CNN Spain, a CNN and El País contributor and a correspondent for Catalunya Radio and RFI Spain. Her work has been used by numerous leading international media outlets and agencies including El Mundo, HBO, AFP, literary review Pie Izquierdo, Público, Periodismo Humano and RCN, and she was also Agencia EFE editor in the office that coordinates the region in South Africa.