2012 Chavkin Award for Integrity in Journalism in Latin America: Félix Antonio Molina

Please join us for the 10th Presentation of the Chavkin Award for Integrity in Journalism in Latin America

honoring Félix Antonio Molina, Radio Globo, Honduras

 

New Date!

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

 

Keynote Address by Greg Grandin
Professor of History at New York University and Author of
Fordlandia, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

Rockefeller Brothers Fund
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About Félix Antonio Molina

1285Molina is host and producer of a nightly news and analysis program broadcast by Radio Globo (a chain of 17 stations) in Honduras.  His anti-coup regime show, called Resistencia, is the voice of the Honduran resistance movement, and the medium through which a diverse coalition debates alternatives, shares analyses and arrives at consensus.  Molina travels the country doing interviews with the people organizing the resistance in communities that the better-funded news programs simply ignore. 

One commentator observed that: There are two skills of Molina's that put him in a class all his own. The first is his capacity to always find a point of humor, irony, or cultural reference to make his interviewees comfortable, and to provide alternative narratives to that of 'the victim', a trap that is so easy for journalists to fall into in post-coup Honduras. This also makes his program extremely exciting and engaging for the listener. The second skill is his knack for summarizing complex or muddled ideas into concise and understandable slogans.  This is an invaluable skill for a radio host channeling a recently politicized audience with a passion for learning about the world.

Radio Globo has been shut down by the military on two occasions since the 2009 coup, and Molina regularly receives death threats by way of text message.  He has resisted calls to run for political office, not to jeopardize the widespread trust he has earned.

 

About Greg Grandin

1284Greg Grandin is a member of NACLA's editorial committee, and is the author of a number of books, including Empire’s Workshop, The Last Colonial Massacre, the award-winning The Blood of Guatemala, and Fordlandia, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is currently working on a book on Herman Melville and slavery during the Age of Revolution in the Americas. He is a professor of history at New York University and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A recipient of the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Award, Grandin is currently a Gilder Lehrman Fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. He has served on the United Nations Truth Commission investigating the Guatemalan Civil War and has written for the New York Times, The Nation, The London Review of Books, The Boston Review, Harper’s and The Los Angeles Times.

You can read some of his coverage of the coup in Honduras here and here.

 

For more information on the coup in Honduras and the resulting repression, see NACLA's coverage:

Protesters in the United States Shape Media Coverage of Porfirio Lobo

World Press Freedom Day: An Opportunity to Ignore Honduras

The Honduran Resistance at the Crossroads: An Interview With Carlos Amaya

 

About the Chavkin Award for Integrity in Latin American Journalism:

The Chavkin Award is given 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. For more information on the award and the late Samuel Chavkin, visit nacla.org/chavkin.