The Simón Bolívar National Award of Journalism 2013 was awarded today to the former Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.
Journalist Lil Rodríguez, a member of the jury who announced the decision, explained: “Neither Simón Bolívar nor Hugo Chávez were journalists and we have never had better communicators than the two of them.”
The award was unanimously given to the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution with the jury wanting to recognise how he “returned leadership to the Venezuelan people, took up the cause of the oppressed, and for his role in fighting against lies and media manipulation.”
Chávez died in March earlier this year. His family will receive the award later this month.