Carmen Gurruchaga

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Carmen Gurruchaga (Spain) "is a journalist who has covered nationalism, Basque politics, and terrorism-related issues in print and on radio and television since 1989. In December 1997, a bomb was found on the front door of the apartment where she lived with her two sons. She had written a front-page story about a fugitive Basque youth who was acquitted by a jury in a controversial trial even though he had admitted killing two policemen. This forced her to move from her lifelong home in San Sebastian to Madrid. Her name is often found on "black lists," and Molotov cocktails have been thrown at her office." [1]

"Carmen Gurruchaga Basurto, a political reporter for El Mundo, a Madrid-based daily newspaper, writes frequently about the Basque separatist group, ETA. Gurruchaga's stories have so threatened the terrorist group that since 1984 it has waged a campaign against her, hoping to intimidate her into stopping reporting on their activities." [2]

"Originally based in San Sebastian in Basque country, Gurruchaga, who is herself Basque, was forced to move both her home and her office several times because of repeated threats and harassment. Then, in December 1997, when Gurruchaga wrote an article identifying the location of an ETA extremist, the terrorist group retaliated by bombing her home while she was inside with her two young children. Following the attack, Gurruchaga relocated to Madrid. Though she is still on ETA’s hit list, she continues reporting on them for El Mundo". [3]

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  1. Short Biographies of the 2001 Recipients, Human Rights Watch, accessed October 17, 2007.
  2. Courage Awards: 2001 Courage Award Winners, International Women's Media Foundation, accessed October 17, 2007.
  3. Carmen Gurruchaga, Global Journalist, accessed October 17, 2007.
  4. Hafnaoui Ghoul wins the Reporters Without Borders - Fondation de France Prize 2004, RSF, accessed October 3, 2007.
  5. Short Biographies of the 2001 Recipients, Human Rights Watch, accessed October 17, 2007.