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Cuban blogger and independent journalist Yoani Sanchez flashes the peace sign as she arrives to speak during an event at the Miami Dade College’s Freedom Tower on April 1, 2013 in Miami, Florida. Sanchez's visit to Miami, the heart of the Cuban exile community, happens as she takes part in a world tour to speak about life in Cuba. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Cuban blogger and independent journalist Yoani Sanchez flashes the peace sign as she arrives to speak during an event at the Miami Dade College’s Freedom Tower on April 1, 2013 in Miami, Florida. Sanchez’s visit to Miami, the heart of the Cuban exile community, happens as she takes part in a world tour to speak about life in Cuba. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez is being honored Tuesday at this year’s annual Hispanicize conference in Miami.

Sanchez’s blog Generation Y focuses on slices of life in Cuba, highlighting government dysfunction. She’s won worldwide acclaim for using Twitter to fight the Castro dictatorship in Cuba. For her efforts, she’s being honored as one of this year’s four Latinovator Award recipients.

The Latinovator Awards recognize Latinos who have done something notable or remarkable in the community.

“Yoani’s story is inspiring and perfectly aligns with the values of Hispanic journalists and bloggers who like her cherish freedom of the press and democracy,” said Manny Ruiz, founder of the Hispanicize event.

Sanchez is also is scheduled to address the mix of journalists, filmmakers and corporate public relations executives at the conference.

Now in its fifth year, Hispanicize is dedicated to creating space for Latino bloggers, artists and journalists, as well as to connecting companies with the nation’s fast-growing Hispanic markets.

In 2013, Sanchez toured the U.S. and Europe. Internationally, she is one of Cuba’s most recognized activists, boasting 600,000 Twitter followers. Back home, though, she is less well-known.

Hispanicize 2014 takes place April 1-4 in downtown Miami’s InterContinental Hotel.

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