I am a Spanish freelance journalist based in Barcelona since January 2016. I cover Europe and until mid-2018 will be working on a project researching and writing about citizen political activism, democracy and human rights 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). I also contributed to media like Al Jazeera, GlobalPost, The Independent, Folha de Sao Paulo, El Universal and AFP.

Before moving there, 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

More information on my LinkedIn profile.