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Casa de las Américas mourns death of journalist Pedro de la Hoz

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Havana, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) The president of Havana-based Casa de las Américas, Abel Prieto, lamented the death of the prominent Cuban journalist Pedro de la Hoz on Wednesday.

On his X profile, Abel Prieto wrote, “The great journalist and critic Pedro de la Hoz has died. From Casa de las Américas, our hug goes to Virginia, to his family, to his colleagues in the Presidency of UNEAC and UPEC.”

We will miss Pedro’s view, always anti-colonial, on cultural processes. Rest in peace, brother, the intellectual and friend wrote. Pedro de la Hoz (Cienfuegos, 1953-Havana, 2024) was a renowned professional with a vast career and avant-garde thinking in the field of Cuban intellectuality.

In 1988, he began working in the aforementioned media outlet and immediately moved to the Culture editorial office, then led by journalist Rolando Pérez Betancourt, whom he replaced in the position for 11 years.

He considered Granma his second home. Without abandoning his work in the newspaper, he was an advisor to Armando Hart in the early 1990s, and was the first director of the Artecubano magazine, published by the National Council of Plastic Arts.

He was a member of the chapter of the Network in Defense of Humanity, and participated in forums in Rome, Caracas, San Salvador de Bahía and Sao Paulo.

De la Hoz, who won the José Martí National Journalism Award, served as vice president of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC), a position that he held since the organization’s 8th Congress.

Born in 1953 in Cienfuegos and graduated in Journalism from the University of Havana in 1976, he returned to his native province where he was one of the founders of the 5 de Septiembre newspaper, in which he covered economic contents.

He later worked in the Vanguardia newspaper, in central Villa Clara province, where and there he founded Huellas, a cultural supplement.

His latest publication was “Fidel and Mandela,” by Ediciones Ocean Sur, 2022.

Among other recognitions, he received the José Antonio Fernández de Castro National Prize for Cultural Journalism (1999) and the Jorge Enrique Mendoza Written Press Prize (2009).

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