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06.17.2014

Alejandra Muñoz and Rafael López of TVE win the 1st Befesa National Environmental Journalism Prize

  • The Chairman of Befesa presents the prize at an event held in Huelva, attended by political dignitaries, business representatives and journalists

Huelva, 12 June 2014. The editor Alejandra Muñoz Jiménez and cameraman Rafael López de la Cruz, both from Televisión Española, this morning received the 1st Befesa National Environmental Journalism Prize, organised by the industrial waste management company in collaboration with the Huelva Press Association (APH) and the Professional Journalists School of Andalusia. The Chairman of Befesa, Javier Molina, presented the prize, worth 2,000 euros, at a ceremony held at Casa Colón in Huelva attended by political dignitaries and representatives from the world of business and the media.

The Befesa Environmental Journalism Prize went to this team from TVE for their report entitled “Gas deposits in Doñana”. The president of the Press Association, Rafael Terán, announced the jury’s decision, which commended “the diligence, impartiality, quality and richness of the work, which during the short amount of time allowed by television, managed to comprehensively convey the subject, giving a voice to all the parties involved and contributing to the debate on the development of industrial activity”. Special mention was also given to the article, “The electric car, a stalemate”, published in the newspaper El País, submitted by Elena Sevillano.

In his speech, the Befesa’s Chairman explained that the prize seeks to recognise “transparency, dialogue and the mark of responsible and diligent reporting as a way of improving the public’s understanding of the work carried out by companies”. Javier Molina added that the prize had also been launched “to send a message of support to the journalism profession at an especially difficult time for the media, which in addition to the general economic crisis is suffering from a specific sector and technological crisis leading to closures and unemployment”.

For their part, the prize winners emphasised the importance of prizes such as this in acknowledging the work of journalists while highlighting the essential roles that these professionals play in society, in which the right to reliable information is an integral part of democracy. Both Alejandra Muñoz and Rafael López dedicated the prize to their driver, Manuel Moreno –also present at the ceremony- who they called a “tireless colleague and another member of the team”.

The event was attended by the regional representative for agriculture, fisheries and the environment of the Regional Government of Andalusia in Huelva, Josefa Inmaculada González; the Vice-president of Industrial Waste & Operations at Befesa, Rainer Goehringer; the General Manager of Befesa Gestión de Residuos Industriales S.L, Santiago Ortiz; the Chairman of the Business Council for the Environment, Biodiversity and Water of the Andalusian Business Confederation (CEA), Javier Loscertales Fernández; and the director of the Association of Chemicals and Raw Materials Industries of Huelva (AIQBE), Juan Manuel Díaz del Valle, among others.

A total of 33 journalistic works were submitted to the prize. In addition to Rafael Terán, the jury comprised the journalists Antonio Manfredi, dean-president of the Professional Journalists School of Andalusia, and Sebastián García, Befesa communications adviser.

For more information:

Sebastián García. 619074247

Álvaro Arias. 605111876

From left to right: Javier Molina, Alejandra Muñoz, Rafael López and Rafael Terán.

From left to right: Javier Molina, Alejandra Muñoz, Rafael López and Rafael Terán.