Orlando Contreras Castro: Defender of journalism with spirit of nation

Contreras, with its sharp verb marked a peculiar way of making comments in the space genre was always home, the biggest news program of the Cuban Radio, Haciendo Radio, whence came all Cuban homes with his opinion.

He joined radio in 1960 and worked for over half a century, was a member of the Union of Journalists of Cuba (UPEC), and the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba.

Before the Revolution he worked in various media in his native Chile, including Radio Rapa Niu, where he had a space for comments on La Tribuna newspaper from Lima, Peru.

He was the initiator of many moments of our revolutionary press; in 1959 he joined the Verde Olivo magazine, and worked in media such as La Tarde newspaper, the humorous weekly Palante, the Tricontinental and Bohemia magazines, and Juventud Rebelde newspaper.

His elegant verb enriched through the ether work stations Radio Havana Cuba, Clock Radio, and Radio Progreso. He was founder and commentator for many years the National News Radio that still airs on national television by the subsystem of the Cuban Radio Stations.

In 1961 he was special envoy Prensa Latina countries like Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, Spain and the United States. He served as a correspondent for Inter Press Service and in the 90s was a founder of the television program Lente Mundial.

Besides the Replica of the Machete of Máximo Gómez, Orlando Contreras Castro won the Distinction for National Culture, the National Journalism Award “José Martí”, was linked to the Movement July 26 from the Triumph of the Revolution, which led to do broadcast journalism under the command of Camilo Cienfuegos Gorriarán in the Press Office of the Rebel Army.

However planting; his life, work, and doing were total surrender to the transforming and humanitarian work that is our revolution. Orlando Contreras Castro symbolizes the spirit of solidarity and altruism of many men who have been in Cuba exactly where to plant roots.

Contreras Castro was exhumed at 4 pm on Monday January 12, 2015; his words speak of the greatness of delivery to radio journalism. It will go on and clarifying defining moments of Cubans with his Palabra con Filo, now sheathed as vigilante sword, always defending “our indeclinable principles, a spirit that cannot be the antithesis of good journalism that relies on the facts, the truth in hand, without banal conversation, that’s anything but journalism. “

Translated by: Daysi Olano Fernandez


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