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Cuban journalist and art critic Pedro de la Hoz dies

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Havana, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) The renowned Cuban journalist and art critic Pedro de la Hoz died on Wednesday at the age of 71, according to Granma newspaper.

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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