I am a Spanish freelance journalist and have been based in Barcelona since January 2016. I now cover Europe and write features for international media, and in the last months my work has been published among others by Al Jazeera, New Statesman, USA Today, Information, Expresso and Pagina99. Currently, I’m also working on a project researching and writing about citizen political activism, democracy and human rights in Europe thanks to an Open Society Fellowship.

Between 2012 and 2014, I was based in Istanbul and covered Turkey and the region for Spanish newspaper El País (my stories). And then I also contributed to media like GlobalPost, The Independent, Folha de Sao Paulo, El Universal and AFP.

Before that, I had been based in East Africa from 2009. First I was the correspondent of Spanish news agency Efe, and from 2011 I started covering Sub Saharan Africa for El País. During that time, I also contributed to IRIN, Jane’s and, in Spanish, Periodismo Humano, Foreign Policy and Radio France International, among others.

In July 2012, my feature ‘A la horca con 14 años’ (‘To the Gallows at 14’), about a child sentenced to death in South Sudan, won the Dario D’Angelo Award, given by the Marco Luchetta Foundation.

Since 2009, I have reported from Turkey, Syria, Iraq, India, Somalia, Egypt, South Sudan, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, the DR Congo, Mauritania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Spain and Estonia.

During 2015, I took a break from journalism and worked as a Humanitarian Affairs Officer for Doctors Without Borders in South Kivu in the DR Congo.


Email: contact @ josemcalatayud . net  /  PGP public key

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