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Guillermo Zuloaga awarded IAPA Grand Prize for Press Freedom

(IAPA/IFEX) - MIAMI, Florida, July 20, 2010 -The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) announced today the winners of the annual awards from the organization to encourage excellence in journalism and defense of freedom of expression throughout the Americas. This year the Grand Prize for Press Freedom is awarded to Guillermo Zuloaga, president of the Globovisión television network of Venezuela. The information was provided by Fabricio Altamirano, of the San Salvador, El Salvador, newspaper El Diario de De Hoy, chairman of the IAPA's Awards Committee.

Winners in 11 categories will be presented with their awards during the IAPA's 66th General Assembly, to be held in Mérida, Mexico, November 5-9 at the Fiesta Americana Mérida Hotel. "We are delighted to have received such a high number of high quality entries," Altamirano said. "It was very difficult to choose the final winners." The prizes consist of $2,000 in cash as well as plaques and certificates.

"The awarding of the IAPA Grand Prize to Venezuelan journalist Guillermo Zuloaga honors every individual in the Americas. Zuloaga is a symbol in the defense of press freedom, not only in Venezuela but throughout the world," declared IAPA President Alejandro Aguirre, of the Miami, Florida, newspaper Diario Las Américas.

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IAPA Grand Prize for Press Freedom

Guillermo Zuloaga
Dr. Zuloaga is a law graduate of Andrés Bello Catholic University.

He has been involved in the world of communications his entire life – in part due to his family's tradition in journalism - they founded the most renowned newspaper in Venezuela, El Universal, more than 90 years ago, where he played an active role.

With more than 30 years' experience in the world of communications he designed and executes the project that is revolutionizing information in Venezuela - Globovisión, the first and only television channel specializing in information, the only one of its kind available on open-air broadcast.

Click here to read about all the award winners

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