Pedro Cayuqueo Awarded 2013 Samuel Chavkin Prize for Integrity in Latin American Journalism
09/10/2013

The North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) announces the selection of Pedro Cayuqueo as the 2013 recipient of the Samuel Chavkin Prize for Integrity in Latin American Journalism.

Online PR News – 10-September-2013 – New York, NY – The North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) announces the selection of Pedro Cayuqueo as the 2013 recipient of the Samuel Chavkin Prize for Integrity in Latin American Journalism. The Chavkin Prize is awarded every 18 months to an outstanding investigative reporter working in Latin America or the Caribbean exposing injustice and oppression or documenting the struggles for social justice and democracy in the region. The award is given to journalists whose body of work reflects a commitment to social justice in the region.

Pedro Cayuqueo is a Mapuche-Chilean journalist whose work has been strongly supportive of the Mapuche-indigenous cause. Through his writing and journalism, he has long been active in the struggle for Mapuche rights and respect for indigenous cultural heritage. For his activist efforts he has been jailed on at least two occasions in Chile—in one case resulting in an intervention on his behalf by Adolfo Pérez-Esquivel.

Mr. Cayuqueo is the founder and editor of two newspapers, Azkintuwe (The Spectator) and MapucheTimes, both of which circulate in Chile and Argentina. His chronicles, interviews, and opinion columns are regularly published by media in Latin American and Europe, including La Jornada (Mexico), Página 12 (Argentina), Berria (Basque Country), and The Independent (England).

This year’s award commemorates the 40th anniversary of the overthrow of the government of Salvador Allende and Samuel Chavkin’s reporting on the Chilean conflict. The award committee chose Mr. Cayuqueo for his commitment to justice and indigenous rights in Chile. His journalistic voice has become powerful and influential within the global indigenous community.

Since NACLA has overseen this award, winners have included Alma Guillermoprieto of The New Yorker; Angel Paéz of La República in Peru; Ignacio Gómez, an investigative reporter and editor at El Espectador in Bogotá, Colombia; Stella Calloni, South America correspondent for the Mexican daily La Jornada; Jane Regan and Daniel Morel for their work in Haiti; Cristian Alarcón for his work in Argentina's Página 12 and his book Cuando me muera quiero que me toquen cumbia; Félix Antonio Molina for his radio show Resistencia, which which documents Honduras's resistance to the regime that came to power in the 2009 military coup.

The late Samuel L. Chavkin was an investigative journalist in Latin America in the 1930s and 1940s for a variety of newspapers, magazines, the Overseas News Agency, and the U.N. radio news division, and was an eyewitness to the coup in Chile in 1973, inspiring his gripping book, Storm Over Chile. The award was established by his family to honor his legacy.

NACLA is an independent non-profit organization founded in 1966 that provides policymakers, activists, teachers, students, journalists, and religious and community groups with information on major trends in Latin America and its relations with the United States. The core of NACLA’s work is its flagship publication, NACLA Report on the Americas, which is the most widely read English-language publication on Latin America.