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The Washington Post wins the top Pulitzer Prize for its account of the assault on the Capitol

The newspaper Washington Post won this Monday the main of the Pulitzer Prizes for its coverage of storming the capitol from USAwhile The New York Times won national and international journalism awards for two of its in-depth investigations.

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Columbia University, which hands out the top honors in American journalism, gave the Post its public service award for its “vivid” account of the events of January 6, 2021, and for helping readers understand “one of the days darkest” in the history of the country.

The seizure of the Legislative headquarters by hundreds of supporters of then President Donald Trump (2017-2021) to try to prevent the electoral victory of his successor, Joe Biden, from being ratified, was one of the great events in the United States last year and the Pulitzers credited the capital’s leading newspaper for reporting and explaining it.

While the Post took home the top prize, The New York Times scooped up the top prizes in news thanks to extensive reporting challenging the official US narrative.

The New York newspaper won the national journalism award for an analysis of the repeated deaths of people at the hands of the Police when officers stop motorists, a report that illustrated how hundreds of deaths could have been avoided and how, in general, , agents often get away with it.

The Times also won the award in the international category for an investigation into the failure of US aerial bombing campaigns in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan and the high number of civilian victims of that strategy.

The activist Salamishah Tillet, a contributor to the newspaper, also won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism for her pieces on the role of race in the arts and culture.

The jury also recognized the work of several local and regional media such as the Miami Herald, which won the award in the urgent news section for its coverage of the collapse of an apartment tower in Surfside (Florida), which killed a hundred people. .

Reporters from the Tampa Bay Times were also honored for an investigation into the problems of a battery recycling plant in Florida and the Chicago Tribune and the Better Government Association for a report on fires in the city of Chicago, among others.

In photography, the Pulitzers recognized this year in its various categories images of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, the assault on Capitol Hill and the impact of covid-19 in India presented by various media.

Meanwhile, in audio, the award went to the PRX platform and the Futuro Media studio, a Latin media outlet based in New York, for their podcast “Suave”, which tells the story of a man sentenced to life in prison when he was a minor. and that he was released after three decades in prison.

The jury also decided to give a special distinction to all Ukrainian journalists for their “courage, resistance and commitment to truthful information” during the Russian invasion and in the face of the “propaganda war” launched from Moscow.

“Despite bombings, kidnappings, occupation and even deaths in their ranks they have persisted in their efforts to offer an accurate picture of a terrible reality,” said awards administrator Marjorie Miller.

In addition to 15 journalistic awards, the Pulitzers include 7 in the field of the arts, among which the award to Cuban-American Ada Ferrer stood out for her book on the history of Cuba from the arrival of the first Spaniards to the contemporary era ( “Cuba: An American History”).

Ferrer, who said on Twitter that he was “speechless”, won the award for the best history book published in 2021.

The Pulitzers, which have been awarded since 1917, are currently endowed with $15,000 for the winners in each category, except public service, in which the trophy is a gold medal.

Source: Elcomercio

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