MADRID – Spain’s King Juan Carlos delivered his last official address before announcing on Monday that he was abdicating in favor of his son, Felipe, at the May 27 awards ceremony for the King of Spain International Journalism Prizes, which are organized by Agencia EFE.
The king delivered his address before he and Queen Sofia inaugurated a 75th anniversary exposition recounting Agencia EFE’s development in the context of Spanish history.
The Spanish monarch praised the “long role” that Agencia EFE has played by “contributing to the essential structure of reporting” in Spain and making the rest of the world aware of the evolution and transformation of this country.
This is the full text of the address that the king delivered at the awards ceremony for this year’s King of Spain International Journalism Prizes, which are organized by Agencia EFE and Spain’s State Secretariat for International Cooperation and Ibero-America:
“The Prizes that have brought us here today are a fundamental benchmark for journalism practiced in the Spanish and Portuguese languages, both in the Ibero-American countries and in other nations with which we share historical and cultural ties.
They are awards that combine quality and universality, and that allow us to recognize the excellent work of the best journalism professionals.
Congratulations, then, to those who are being honored at this edition of the King of Spain International Journalism Prizes and the Don Quixote Journalism Prize.
And many thanks, because your work is not just key for informing citizens, but it also contributes to strengthening coexistence and democracy in our societies.
I also want to congratulate the entities that organize these Prizes – Agencia EFE and the State Secretariat for International Cooperation and Ibero-America –, and to thank the sponsors for their support.
Agencia EFE, moreover, turns seventy-five years old; a long trajectory during which it has contributed to the essential structure of reporting on our country, making the rest of the world aware of the evolution and transformation of Spain.
The exposition that marks this anniversary faithfully shows the past and present of the Agency, with the focus on its promising future. Many congratulations.
Ladies and gentlemen. Yet another year, the Jury has recognized the excellence of rigorous and serious journalism, and has honored works of investigation, of social awareness and environmental defense.
It has also highlighted the beauty and plasticity of a photograph or of a simple and expressive literary text, as well as a magnificent interview that shows the strength of the Spanish language and of the Hispanic community in the United States. We have honored, to sum up, a quality and current journalism.
On this occasion, likewise, we are honoring the work of journalist and academic Luis Maria Anson, who, as president of the Agency during the Transition, led its modernization and pushed its international projection.
Many congratulations, Luis Maria, on the Special 75th Anniversary Prize, which, so fittingly, you have received.
I want, finally, before finishing, to once again congratulate EFE on this anniversary and to reiterate our gratitude and our congratulations to all those honored for their fruitful work and their much-deserved award. Thank you very much.”