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Herald ex-editor Robert Cox wins IAPA Grand Press award

Renowned journalist, and ex-editor of the Buenos Aires Herald, Robert Cox.

Renowned journalist Robert Cox, ex-editor of the Buenos Aires Herald, was announced the winner of the Inter American Press Association's (IAPA) Grand Prize for Press Freedom, for “his long career as a journalist and his courage in the defence of freedom of expression” throughout the Americas, said the IAPA Awards Committee.

“His biography illustrates like no other the importance of the press in the defense of freedom in the face of dictatorships of any stripe,” declared IAPA President Gonzalo Marroquín of the Guatemala City newspaper, Siglo 21.

Cox (born in 1933), is a distinguished British-born journalist who worked as editor of the Buenos Aires Herald, aimed at the British and English-speaking community in Argentina.

The former Herald editor “stood out for his courage during the years of the military dictatorship (1976-1983)”, explained the IAPA organization.

“On his initiative the Buenos Aires Herald was the first news media outlet to report, openly and systematically, that the military government was kidnapping people and making them disappear,” the Miami-based organization informed.

While working as a reporter “he exposed the fact that the military were using crematoria at the Chacarita cemetery to incinerate the bodies of prisoners.”

He was finally arrested unlawfully and for that reason was forced to leave Argentina in 1979.

He moved to the United States, where he became managing editor of the newspaper The Post and Courier, the principal media of the group that previously owned the Buenos Aires Herald.

Cox was president of the IAPA from 2001-2002.

He is now retired, but continues to write freelance for the Herald as a columnist.

The awards Commission also chose winners from eleven other categories. The prizes will be given to all winners at the 67th IAPA General Assembly from October 14-18 in Lima, Peru.

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