The writer Mario Vargas Llosa received the award AMI to defend quality journalism hands of Fernando de Yarza , president of the Association presents the award and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, WAN-IFRA. The award ceremony took place at the Casa de América, in Madrid
“Mario Vargas Llosa combines an unwavering commitment to freedom of expression and excellence in storytelling”
In the words of Fernando de Yarza , “with this award we want to pay tribute to those people who value every day the importance of quality journalism as a pillar of our democracy. Mario Vargas Llosa combines an unwavering commitment to freedom of expression and excellence in storytelling ”.
Vargas Llosa , for his part, thanked AMI for the award “for this honor that they have granted me, and to wish them a long and successful life in the face of the current complicated campaign of making truly independent and free journalism survive ” in the face of the threats posed by platforms. digital of all kinds as he has said. As he has expressed when receiving the AMI Award for the Defense of Quality Journalism, “freedom is easier in a society where there is a diverse journalism than in those in which it is subject to power.”
In his journalistic career, Mario Vargas initially collaborated with the Peruvian newspapers La Crónica and La Industria , to later work in media such as the France Press agency and the public Radio Television of the Gallic country, and publish opinion articles in newspapers such as the Argentine La Nación, the French Le Monde or the American The New York Times . In Spain, he has been publishing a fortnightly opinion column for 31 years in the newspaper El País , Piedra de toque, where he reflects on world news from different spheres and points of view.