The journalistic community is saddened by the death of Gianni Mina

The news shocked his home country, Italy, as well as Cuba, the world of those who fought and fight for justice, and journalists whose profession is based on truth.

Gianni Mina, who became loved and known by the people thanks to his interviews with Fidel, with which he earned respect and admiration, died on Monday, March 27, at the age of 84, after a short heart disease, “surrounded by the love of his family and closest friends.

Prensa Latina, reporting the sad news, claims that the three interviews with Cuban President Fidel Castro were an example of his responsible journalism, his ability to challenge the dogmas imposed by the press in the service of US imperialism, and to defend himself against the current humanistic and social work of the Cuban revolutionary process.

He once said that through his encounters with world personalities, he learned to “exercise critical thinking, really complex thinking, and breathe the freedom to be who you are.”

After these meetings with Fidel, the first of which was a 16-hour conversation, and the last one took place in September 2015 during the visit of Pope Francis to the Caribbean country, several books and documentaries of transcendental significance have come to light.

Shortly before his death, he said that “Cuba is an example for the whole world, for me it represents the realization of a utopia”, and added: “it has a system different from ours, socialist, not imposed, but chosen.”

“They unfairly paid for this election with an economic blockade for over 60 years and vile lies from some of the media that I have been trying to undermine for thirty years,” he said in an open letter published in Italy on October 15. 2022. .

In addition to his many accolades, including the St. Vincent Award in 1981 for the best television journalist and the Berlin Camera in 2007, the world’s highest award for documentary filmmakers was joined on May 12, 2018 by the Felix Elmus Award, awarded by the Union of Cuban Journalists.

“I have always been attracted to people who can go against the current,” he once said, “people who can tell stories, show other visions,” and these words characterize his greatness and humanism, his ability to find what is true, simple, and defend it with passion, until the last breath.

Source: Juventud Rebelde


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