Pulitzer Prize: New York Times honored for Russia reports

The New York Times receives the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for reporting on Russia’s interference in various countries. The US newspaper reported on “a series of gripping stories with great risk” and thus revealed the aggressive actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the jury explained their decision in New York on Monday. According to the newspaper itself, her research includes assassinations and election interference in the years following the disinformation campaigns leading to the 2016 US presidential election.

The award in the category for public service was won by the local newspaper Anchorage Daily News, together with the research platform ProPublica. Their stories revealed that a third of the villages in Alaska have no police protection. The series would have forced the authorities to act and resulted in better funding for the security forces, the committee said.

The Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced for the 104th time. Due to the Corona crisis, the event, which was actually planned for April 20, had previously been postponed by two weeks. 14 of the 21 Pulitzer Prize categories are reserved for journalistic work by US journalists or the media, from investigative stories to photos to caricatures. The award is also given for literature as well as for music and theater. The award winners are determined by a jury based at Columbia University in New York.

In the “Comment” category, Nikole Hannah-Jones of the New York Times won a “personal essay on the groundbreaking project 1619” on the enslavement of the first Africans in America. Brian Rosenthal received the award for the best investigative research from the same newspaper. The reporter had written about the exploitation of taxi drivers in the east coast metropolis of New York City. The Washington Post was recognized for the “scientific clarity” of its articles on the severe effects of extreme temperatures on Earth.

The fate of an inmate in the US Guantánamo prison camp also moved the jury of what is probably the world‘s most coveted journalism award: Ben Taub from New Yorker magazine won Guantánamo’s Darkest Secret with his feature, which contains a mixture of on-site reporting and lyrical prose. It is about a man who was kidnapped, tortured, and deprived of his freedom in the camp for more than a decade. The story offers a “nuanced perspective on America’s multi-faceted war on terror,” it said.

The news outlets Reuters and Associated Press won for their photo coverage of the protests in Hong Kong and the crisis in the disputed Kashmir region. The journalists Channi Anand, Mukhtar Khan and Dar Yasin were named for the AP. (sda / dpa / wid)

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