Recognizing leading Spanish journalists committed to the defense and promotion of freedom of expression and of the press, the Eisenhower Fellows of Spain honored four individuals and two organizations at the 5th annual First Amendment Awards in New York City on May 8.

Javier Cremades, President of the EF Spain chapter, and George de Lama, EF President, along with Pedro Morenés, Spanish Ambassador to the U.S., presided over the awards held for the first time at the Cervantes Institute in mid-town Manhattan.

Honorees include Susanna Griso, Antena 3 for audio visual journalism, the City University of New York for innovation in academics, radio personality Carlos Herrera for commitment to freedom of expression, columnist Manuel Alcantara for lifetime service, Jorge Ramos of Univision for Spanish language journalism, and Grupo Vocento for public service.

“Each year the Spanish Association of Eisenhower Fellows commemorates EF Day by seeking to capture the legacy of President Dwight D. Eisenhower in promoting the spirit of democracy and free societies,” said Cremades. “Without freedom of expression there is no free public opinion and without it, there is no democracy, nor state.”

The Eisenhower Day of Fellowship originally celebrated on October 14, President Eisenhower’s birthday, has come to be celebrated throughout the year as Fellows across the globe gather to organize significant events dedicated to the vision and mission of Eisenhower Fellowships and its namesake, President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Press articles and photos from the May 8 celebration here.

More on previous EF Day events celebrated in 2017, South Asia Rising, Dubai and Regional Conference on Latin America, Chile are found here:


The EF Network office requests EF Chapters forward news and tentative plans for upcoming EF Day events to cseidel@efworld.org

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