MADRID – Spain’s acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy stressed on Tuesday as he inaugurated EFE’s “House of News” museum, the role of the Spanish news agency in national journalism, and considered that EFE “has been and still documents the history of Spain and reports on all its minor and major events.”
While presenting the EFE Culture Prizes after he inaugurated the “House of News,” Rajoy said that EFE is an important press organization, which aims to “serve the public interest, the diversity in societies, as well as media accuracy and the pluralism of languages in Spain.”
“You can say, with gratitude and appreciation, that 77 years after EFE’s inception, Spain continues to enjoy a high degree of international media independence thanks to EFE, which represents the voice of Hispanics around the world,” Rajoy said.
He also stressed that EFE has been and remains one of the mainstays of Spanish culture around the world.
The acting prime minister also underlined that EFE is the most important news agency in Spanish-speaking countries and the world’s fourth largest news agency.
Rajoy explained that the new museum represents “a new space for culture and knowledge” and a symbol of cooperation between both public and private sectors, adding that “in this museum we can all see the value of journalism at its highest expression.”
He was also convinced that EFE “remains committed to make history,” and noted its current role in the distribution of information in Spain and all over the globe, especially in Latin America and Spanish-speaking countries.
Currently, EFE is present in almost 200 cities in 120 countries all over the globe, with 41 offices and 250 international correspondents.
The agency has nearly 3,000 professionals from 60 different nationalities who report on all media from every point on the planet.
The world’s most important Spanish news agency has built bridges between around 500 million Spanish speakers.
The new museum aims to spread the rich photographic and documentary collection possessed by the Spanish news agency, and to become a living and open field for other cultural and educational exhibitions.
The museum will also be a meeting point for journalists as well as students who have a passion to find out the progress of the means of communication at the hands of EFE professionals.
The EFE museum will also showcase the news agency’s legacy of 77 years since its inception, its contribution as a news agency to Spanish journalism, and its testimony about the great events that have marked Spanish and world history since the twentieth century, as well as people’s everyday lives.
The “House of News” includes 12 million photographs dating back to 1857, in addition to millions of documents.
It also includes an old photograph processing lab, specific areas to explain how to practice journalism in conflict zones, and the means of covering sports events.
Also, the EFE museum has a large area dedicated exclusively to temporary exhibitions, which will be used for workshops organized for visiting students.
The initiative to establish the museum; funded and sponsored by more than 30 companies, including Samsung, emerged from the success of the temporary exhibition that was inaugurated by Spanish royalty in 2014 in Madrid on the occasion of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of EFE.