• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

La Nación investigative reporter recognized for excellence in journalism

November 20, 2013

The Gabriel García Márquez Prize for Journalism will recognize Giannina Segnini for excellence in journalism during the prize’s activities in Medellín, Colombia, on Wednesday.

Founder of La Nación’s Investigative Unit, Segnini has been making headlines in Costa Rica for years exposing misuse of funds by the Catholic Church, revealing payments to members of then-San José mayor (and current National Liberation Party presidential candidate) Johnny Araya’s staff by a Canadian transnational corporation.

Segnini, however, is undoubtedly best known for an investigation that landed two Costa Rican ex-presidents, Rafael Ángel Calderón Fournier and Miguel Ángel Rodríguez Echeverría, in jail on corruption charges.

The prize’s board of governors recognized Segnini for “elevating the standards of journalism as a public service, pursuing journalistic investigations into relevant cases of corruption that have had an outstanding impact on the public life of her country and, at the same time, have become an example of professional excellence for journalism in Latin America,” according to a statement on the organization’s website.

The investigative journalist is also known as a pioneer of data journalism.

“The technological effort that the investigative team at La Nación has done under Segnini’s leadership has permitted the discovery of deliberately hidden relationships between facts and persons, and abuse of power. In this way, she has given strength to great journalism’s oversight, in accordance with the information demands of a complex and globalized world,” the board’s statement said.

During her journalistic career, several other prizes have recognized Segnini’s accomplishments, including a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, awards from the Press and Society Institute, Transparency International for Latin America and the Caribbean, and a special mention from Columbia University’s María Moors Cabot Prize. 

You may be interested

Former Latin American leaders condemn ‘breakdown in the rule of law’ in El Salvador
El Salvador
5 views
El Salvador
5 views

Former Latin American leaders condemn ‘breakdown in the rule of law’ in El Salvador

The Tico Times - May 6, 2021

Some 20 former presidents of Spain and Latin America, including Felipe Calderón and Vicente Fox from Mexico, and Álvaro Uribe…

Quepos airport renovations (finally) underway
Costa Rica
8 views
Costa Rica
8 views

Quepos airport renovations (finally) underway

Alejandro Zúñiga - May 6, 2021

Renovation and expansion of the runway at La Managua Airport in Quepos began Wednesday and will completed before September. "The…

PAHO says region’s hospitals are ‘dangerously full’
Latin America
6 views
Latin America
6 views

PAHO says region’s hospitals are ‘dangerously full’

Ariela NAVARRO / AFP - May 6, 2021

PAHO, the Americas office of the World Health Organization (WHO), warned on Wednesday that hospitals in the region are "dangerously…