The Latin American News Agency Prensa Latina officially reopened its correspondent’s office to the United States, located in Washington D.C., in an event held on April 28, in the Bolivarian Room, in this city.
In the reopening event, the president of this news agency, Luis Enrique González, highlighted how the return of Prensa Latina to the US, after 5 decades of absence, will contribute to the coverage on site of the main US current affairs.
Mr. González reminded that Prensa Latina commenced to operate in the United States with offices in New York and Washington D.C., on June 24, 1959, only eight days after the agency was established and that in 1967, said news agency was denied renewal of its license to operate from this city. Prensa Latina remained operational only at its correspondent’s office at the UN, being limited as of 1969 to cover the activities of that international organization, Mr. González stated.
This Latin American news agency with main offices in Havana, was established on June 16, 1959, at the initiative of the leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro and the guerrilla man Ernesto Che Guevara.
Its first general director was the Argentinean journalist Jorge Ricardo Masetti and for almost 58 years, Prensa Latina has had many Cuban, Latin American, US, Canadian and European professionals, including, Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel Prize winner in Literature, who worked in said news agency when he was very young.
With the reopening of the correspondent’s office in the United States, from where news dispatches were sent for the first time on February 24, Prensa Latina now has 36 offices in 35 countries. The news agency also has a dozen of printed publications, radio and photographic services, and a television department.