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Journalists upset as Venezuela’s late president Hugo Chavez given posthumous journalism award

June 29, 2013

One of the daughters of the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez received an unusual posthumous award for her father: the Simon Bolivar National Award for Journalism.

The decision “was unanimous” to grant the award “with extraordinary mention to the comandante president Hugo Chavez,” said the head of the awards jury, Milagros Perez.

“The history and practice of journalism can only be divided in two moments – before and after comandante Chavez,” Mr Perez said.

A journalists’ association cried foul, saying Chavez had made a habit of closing down media outlets.

President Nicolas Maduro, who succeeded Chavez, gave the award to Maria Gabriela Chavez, one of the late president’s daughters, who cried when shown a video montage of her father.

Chavez – who succumbed to cancer on March 5 at the age of 58 – was omnipresent in Venezuelan life since he first took office in 1999. Read the rest of the story here.

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