New York – Journalists from The New York Times and The New Yorker received the Pulitzer Prize, the highest honor for journalism in the United States, on Monday for their coverage of the Harvey Weinstein affair they revealed in early October.
Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of the New York Times and Ronan Farrow of the New Yorker were honored in the most prestigious category of public service journalism “. 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 @RonanFarrow “, tweeted the actress after the announcement of the winners. The first New York Times article on Harvey Weinstein’s actions, published on October 5, had the effect of a bomb. He cited the testimonies of several women claiming to have been harassed by the Hollywood producer, creator of the Miramax studio, including that of the actress Ashley Judd. He also reported the existence of an amicable agreement between Harvey Weinstein and another actress, Rose McGowan, paid $ 100,000 in exchange for his silence on an incident in 1997. Later, the actress claimed that it was a rape. Just five days after the New York Times article was published, the New Yorker was posting a lengthy article citing more 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. 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. – ” Continuing attacks “- 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 Senate candidate in the state of Alabama, Roy Moore, caught up on 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. On Monday, the Pulitzer Prize in the investigative journalism category was awarded to the newspaper 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 “At the presentation of the 2018 promotion, Pulitzer Administrator Dana Canedy commented:” The Media Face ” to continuous attacks lately “but” remain central to a healthy democracy “. Confirming their hegemony over the US press, the New York Times and the Washington Post also received the national (as opposed to local) national journalism award. This distinction rewarded, according to the statement released Monday, their ” continued coverage (…) that significantly deepened the country’s understanding of the Russian interferences in the 2016 presidential campaign and its links to the Trump campaign, the transitional team and the current administration “. This is the fourth time in a row that the Washington Post is honored in this category.