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Guardian, Washington Post share Pulitzer Prize for coverage of NSA surveillance

Published time: April 14, 2014 19:11
Edited time: April 14, 2014 20:17
The Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prize

The Guardian US and the Washington Post are among the winners of a prestigious journalistic Pulitzer award. The newspapers shared the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service Reporting for coverage of NSA surveillance and whistleblower Snowden’s leaks.

The prize is awarded “for a distinguished example of meritorious public service by a newspaper or news site through the use of its journalistic resources,” according to the Pulitzer Committee. This includes the use of “stories, editorials, cartoons, photographs, graphics, videos, databases, multimedia or interactive presentations or other visual material.”

The committee stated that it was awarded to the Washington Post for “its revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency, marked by authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security.”

It also awarded joint gold to Guardian US for its “revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency, helping through aggressive reporting to spark a debate about the relationship between the government and the public over issues of security and privacy.”

Among Guardian US and Washington Post revelations were some of the most wide-scale and high-profile disclosures of government secrets since 1971’s Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam War.

Glenn Greenwald headed up reporting at the Guardian alongside Ewen MacAskill and film-maker Laura Poitras. Poitras has also collaborated with the Washington Post’s Barton Gellman, who was also honored.

The impact of both newspapers’ revelations has sparked global outrage at the extent of US covert surveillance of its own citizens and those of other nations. With the help of documents leaked by former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, details of clandestine PRISM operations and UK Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) collaboration emerged.

PRISM was employed to acquire data from the stores of nine internet giants including Google and Facebook.

Other notable releases since last June covered NSA dragnet surveillance, which was declared illegal by an independent federal agency in January. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board said the storing of phone data “lacks a viable legal foundation.”

Surveillance of the phone calls of 35 world leaders has also garnered controversy.

Snowden released a statement published in the Guardian shortly after the announcement: “Today's decision is a vindication for everyone who believes that the public has a role in government. We owe it to the efforts of the brave reporters and their colleagues who kept working in the face of extraordinary intimidation, including the forced destruction of journalistic materials, the inappropriate use of terrorism laws, and so many other means of pressure to get them to stop what the world now recognises was work of vital public importance.”

Comments (27)

 

mergon 06.06.2014 07:58

Ah yes the Nobel prize ,but wait a minute was not he the guy who used run a munitions corporation ? and it was and still is making propellants for munitions ?
And then started on advise from his accountants a trust /charity for the purpose of AVOIDING PAYING TAXES ?
Where people who have life styles of the rich and shameless can go to exotic locations to bask in the fraud of a tax deductible charity peace prize !

Profit was thin on the ground for a propellant corporation when the idea of a charity was put up corporations like these need wars so they can profit !

 

Regula 04.06.2014 12:07

How ironic that the media that published Snowden's information get the Pulitzer prize while Snowden who provided the information is labeled a felon. This is co-incidentally the same as Risen being forced to disclose the source of his statements: the source goes to jail, based on the judiciary forcing a journalist to disclose his source. Will that judge also get a prize?

 

DoAskDoTell 16.04.2014 10:43

mabsters o.t.univ. have *infected* our world and gov - via Big 6 Media 24/7 lies... turning everything even words UPSIDE DOWN... especially the last 15 yrs

24/7 dazed and confused ventriloquists => mass delusions => mental illness crash... in the Empire of Chaos!

BE helpless, fearful numbskulls and surrender everything you have to the Mabsters o.t.univ who must WIN at everything you can think of...

2 choices left: their eternal darkness OR our enLIGHTenment... we are actually free to choose! LOL

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