Prince says princess gave him understand media

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1 December 2004, MADRID- Spain's Prince Felipe said his wife, former TV anchorwoman Letizia Ortiz, had helped him appreciate the work of a journalist.

1 December 2004

MADRID- Spain's Prince Felipe said his wife, former TV anchorwoman Letizia Ortiz, had helped him appreciate the work of a journalist.

The prince made this confession in the presence of his wife during a ceremony at Madrid's Royal Theatre to honour Italian writer Antonio Tabucchi with the Francisco Cerecedo Journalism Award.

Tabucchi, accepted the award with a speech that painted a dismal picture of the Italian media.

"Unlike in the past, in our day and age, it's no longer necessary to keep watch on ... information, all you have to do is buy it. That's what has happened with the Italian media, 80 percent of which is owned by a single person - the wealthiest man in Europe, a multimillionaire (Silvio Berlusconi), whose fortune has unknown origins," Tabucchi said.

Standing before an audience of mostly journalists and Spanish media executives, Tabucchi said, "The person who owns almost all Italian information is not a private citizen, not an ordinary person, he is the person who holds the highest political post - that of prime minister."

Prince Felipe said Tabucchi could have confined himself to the exclusive success of his novels, "but he preferred instead to give us his distinguished opinion on civic changes, social and democratic conflicts and human realities" in his opinion columns in Italian and Spanish newspapers.

The crown prince, who is the honorary president of the Association of European Journalists and has presided over the awards ceremony since 1989, began his speech by saying that this year he was happy to be accompanied by his wife of some six months.

"This year, don't ask me when or whom (I will marry)," he joked.

The prince and Letizia wed in May.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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