Luis Baez, Exceptional Witness of Cuban Journalism, Dies

Havana, Feb 9 (Prensa Latina) Renowned Cuban journalist Luis Francisco Baez Hernandez, passed away in this capital as a result of a heart attack, at the age of 79.

Authors of several books, many of them dedicated to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and interviews with figures, Baez Hernandez was born in Havana on November 24, 1936, and was an exceptional witness of many international happenings.

Some of his books are “Guerra secreta de la CIA,” “Camino de la victoria,” “A dos manos,” “Cambiar las reglas del juego,” “Los que se fueron,” “Los que se quedaron,” “Conversaciones con Juan Marinello,” “Secretos de generales,” “Preguntas indiscretas” and “Miami, donde el tiempo se detuvo. Revelaciones de Luis Ortega.”

The outstanding professional started in journalism in El Crisol (1954) as a sportswriter, and in Avance, was graduated at the “Manuel Marquez Sterling” Journalism Professional School in 1958, began reporting information related to Fidel Castro as of the triumph of the Revolution and was part of the group of journalists who traveled to Venezuela to report his visit in January 1959.

He accompanied Fidel Castro in his first tours of the United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, and was a war correspondent during the U.S. invasion on Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs), in central Cuba, where he reported those events for Revolucion newspaper and Bohemia magazine.

Baez Hernandez was a founder of the Association of Cuban Journalists and Granma daily, worked at Juventud Rebelde newspaper, Bohemia and Cuba International magazines, and in Prensa Latina, in which he received the Jose Marti International Award.


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