The Pulitzer Prize awarded to the New York Times and the New Yorker for their revelations about Harvey Weinstein

The Pulitzer Prize awarded to the New York Times and the New Yorker for their revelations about Harvey Weinstein

Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey and Ronan Farrow, the son of Woody Allen, were awarded in the category of “public service journalism”. Their revelations about the fallen producer led to a change in the balance of power between men and women in American society.
Journalists from New York Times and magazine The New Yorker on Monday received the Pulitzer Prize, the highest honor for journalism in the United States, for their coverage of the Harvey Weinstein affair they revealed in early October. Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey from New York Times and Ronan Farrow, from New Yorker , were awarded in the most prestigious category, that of “public service journalism”. »READ ALSO – Sexual assault, rape: Hurricane Harvey Weinstein Ronan Farrow is the son of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow . Since his work on Harvey Weinstein, he has published several articles, still in the New Yorker , about scandals related to Donald Trump. “Very, very, very proud of Ronan Farrow,” tweeted the actress after the announcement of the winners. The first article of the New York Times devoted to the actions of Harvey Weinstein, published on October 5, had the effect of a bomb . He quoted the testimonies of several women – in particular that of the actress Ashley Judd – claiming to have been harassed by the Hollywood producer, creator of the famous studio Miramax. He also reported the existence of an amicable agreement between Harvey Weinstein and another actress, Rose McGowan, paid $ 100,000 in exchange for her silence on an incident in 1997. Later, the actress claimed that it was a rape. »READ ALSO – The Weinstein affair, The Square, Disney … Looking back on a year that rocked the cinema Only five days after the publication of the article of the New York Times , the New Yorker put a long article online referring to other charges against Harvey Weinstein. Three women, including the Italian actress Asia Argento, claimed to have been raped by the producer who transformed the Hollywood cinema by betting on different films not meeting the criteria of major studios. The word is free. In France, Emma de Caunes, Judith Godreche, Léa Seydoux or Eva Green , also testify. In these two articles, the film mogul was portrayed as a sexual predator playing on his power and benefitting from the benevolence and even the complicity of a part of his entourage and the cinema community. A free press for a healthy democracy These revelations released the speech of former alleged victims of Harvey Weinstein, who are now more than a hundred to have accused the producer. The affair sparked a backdrop in Hollywood and beyond, knocking dozens of men out of power in film, television, media and politics. One of them was the Republican candidate in the Senate in the state of Alabama, Roy Moore , caught up with charges of sexual assault on minors . The Washington Post was the first to publish the testimony of four women posing as alleged victims of this former ultra-conservative magistrate. »READ ALSO – After Harvey Weinstein, these figures of American cinema targeted by a sexual scandal On Monday, April 17, the Pulitzer Prize in the investigative journalism category was awarded to the daily for this series of articles on the ex-judge’s past. After a campaign that drew the attention of the entire country, Roy Moore, supported by Donald Trump, was defeated by an unknown Democrat, Doug Jones. “In the journalism category, this year again, the winners embody the values ​​of a free and independent press, even in the most difficult times,” commented at the presentation of the promotion 2018, the administrator of the Pulitzer, Dana Canedy. The media are facing “continuous attacks lately”, but “remain a central element in a healthy democracy”. Confirming their hegemony over the American press, the New York Times and the Washington Post also received the national journalism award (as opposed to local). This distinction was rewarded, according to the statement released on Monday, “their continued coverage (…) which has significantly deepened the country’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign and its links to the Trump campaign, the transition team and the current administration “. This is the fourth time in a row that the Washington Post is honored in this category.

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