Politics 25/04/2022

Mia Farrow and Woody Allen's son who uncovered Catalangate

Ronan Farrow chose journalism as a profession despite being preyed on by the tabloids from an early age

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Mia Farrow and Woody Allen's son who has uncovered Catalangate

Ronan Farrow (New York, 1987) does not know what a modest and conventional life is. He is the son of cinema stars Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, was a child prodigy and, as a journalist, has become a global icon since he uncovered in the pages of The New Yorker cases of abuse by former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein's, which made headlines around the world in the wake of the Me Too movement and earned him a Pulitzer Prize.

Farrow chose journalism as a profession despite being preyed on by the tabloids from an early age. His parents have maintained an intricate media war since Allen – whom his daughter Dylan accuses of sexual abuse – divorced to marry Mia Farrow's adoptive daughter, 36 years his junior. "Happy Father's Day. Or as we say in my family, happy Brother-in-law Day," Ronan Farrow wrote in 2012 in a now-deleted tweet. This family history did not truncate his faith "in the power of stories and truth," as he told in El País in 2020.

His trajectory goes far beyond his family, as the media have been meticulously documenting. At 11 he became the youngest student to enrol at Bard University and at 15 he entered Yale. At 21 he was working in the US government's State Department and was also an adviser to Hillary Clinton. Before working at The New Yorker, he worked in television at NBC network. In 2017 he became interested in cyber espionage. And the clearest proof that we live in an "Orwellian present" was found in the mass espionage against dozens of Catalan politicians and pro-independence activists. He explained it recently in Catalunya Ràdio, when he was perplexed by the fact that some newspapers had not echoed his investigation on the front page. A trend which, he stressed, should also be "investigated".

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