Ukrainian journalists are awarded a special Pulitzer Prize for their ” courage “ in the coverage of the invasion of their country by Russia, announced Monday, May 9 the association of the most prestigious awards of the American press.
Marjorie Miller, the Pulitzer Prize representative, hailed the “courage, endurance and commitment of journalists from Ukraine to report the truth during (Russian President) Vladimir Putin’s ruthless invasion of their country and his propaganda war in Russia”.
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“Despite bombings, kidnappings, occupation and even deaths in their ranks, (Ukrainian journalists) have persevered to provide an accurate picture of a terrible reality, bringing honor to Ukraine and to journalists around the world »judged Marjorie Miller who was speaking at a ceremony to award these prizes in New York.
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an international NGO based in New York, seven journalists – including three Ukrainians – have been killed in Ukraine covering the war against Russia since February 24 and the association is investigating the death of five other Ukrainian journalists to confirm that their deaths are indeed related to the exercise of their profession.
Several awards for the American press
The Pulitzer Prizes, administered by Columbia University in northern Manhattan, also awarded its 106th edition several prizes to a wide range of American press for their coverage of local, national and international news in 2021. Among these award-winning media, the “New York Times” (NYT), one of the world’s leading newspapers, won three prizes.
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In particular for a national investigation into road checks by the American police, which result in hundreds of deaths by firearms for which the agents generally escape any sanction. The “NYT” also won the Pulitzer ” international “ (and a $15,000 reward) for his investigation of the Pentagon’s terrible record for the number of civilians killed by US armed forces in strikes in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.
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The “NYT” competitor, the “Washington Post”, was also honored in the category ” public service “ for his coverage of the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 by supporters of former President Donald Trump, “one of the nation’s darkest days”according to the Pulitzer Prizes.
Honor also for the regional press in the United States with, among many awards, a Pulitzer “investigative journalism” for the “Tampa Bay Times” for an investigation into the pollution and toxic risks of a battery recycling plant in Florida.
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Special Pulitzer Prize awarded to Ukrainian journalists for their “courage”