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Óscar Martínez

Investigative journalist and writer

Óscar Martínez has become a key figure in the area of investigative reporting in journalism at the head of, an online daily which was founded in El Salvador with the aim of fostering committed journalism and also working to denounce and document corruption, violence, and inequalities in Central America. He has received numerous awards, including the Fernando Benítez National Award of Mexico for Cultural Journalism (2008), the Maria Moors Cabot Prize from the Columbia University Journalism School (2016), and the International Press Freedom Award (2016) given by the Committee to Protect Journalists. Moreover, he has published several books, notable amongst which is Los migrantes que no importan (The Migrants Who Don’t Matter, 2010), an essential work for anyone wishing to understand this Central American region in the twenty-first century at a time when, every year, almost half a million people travel the migratory routes leading to the United States. His most recent book is Los muertos y el periodista (The Dead and the Journalist, 2021), an essay-cum-chronicle in which he expresses his doubts and uncertainties related with his work as a journalist, while telling once again one of the stories that have marked his career.

Update: 12 September 2022


Has participated in

Óscar Martínez, Jairo Videa and Juan Daniel Treminio

A Country without Journalists