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Pulitzer Prize Board honors Ukrainian journalists: NPR

Journalists conduct interviews on the doorstep of a hotel on Maidan Square on March 1, 2022 in Kiev, Ukraine. The Pulitzer Prize Board pays tribute to the courage and commitment of Ukrainian journalists.

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Journalists conduct interviews on the doorstep of a hotel on Maidan Square on March 1, 2022 in Kiev, Ukraine. The Pulitzer Prize Board pays tribute to the courage and commitment of Ukrainian journalists.

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Among yesterday’s list of Pulitzer Prize winners was a group of people who were not honored individually, but instead credited for their involvement in the profession as a whole category: Ukrainian journalists.

The Pulitzer Prize Board awarded Ukrainian journalists a special quote for what it described as “their courage, perseverance and commitment to truthful reporting during Vladimir Putin’s ruthless invasion of their country and his propaganda war in Russia.”

“Despite bombings, abductions, occupation and even deaths in their ranks, they have stuck to their efforts to give an accurate picture of a horrific reality and honor Ukraine and journalists around the world.” the message reader.

The Pulitzer Board says on its website that it awards special prizes or quotations in rare cases to “a work or a person of special merit.” Last year’s special quote went to Darnella Frazierwho filmed George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis when she was 17.

While award winners in most categories get a cash prize of $ 15,000, Marjorie Miller, an administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, told NPR via email that there is no set practice for special quote winners.

“In this case, the board did not award a cash reward as there is no specific person or organization,” she explained. “They wanted to recognize all Ukrainian journalists who covered the war.”

At least seven journalists have been killed while covering the war in Ukraine, according to Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ). Poynter reports that three of them were Ukrainian citizens: Yevhenii Sakun, a camera operator for Ukraine’s LIVE station; Fox News producer Oleksandra (Sasha) Kuvshynova and photojournalist Maksym (Maks) Levin.

CPJ says it is investigating the deaths five other journalists to determine if they were work-related.

“Many more have been subjected to shelling, shooting and detention while working to provide vital information about the invasion,” the organization said, adding that Russian journalists have also been subjected to threats and detention during Moscow’s suppression of independent media.

The Pulitzer Quote comes less than a week after independent rights experts appointed by The UN warned that journalists in Ukraine had been hit and remained in danger.

In a joint declaration, officials outlined six areas of concern, from reports of Russian cyber attacks in Ukraine to censorship and disinformation about the war in Russia. One of these categories was the safety of media workers in Ukraine, who they said “perform their work under unprecedented conditions and are now at very high risk.”

“There are numerous reports that journalists are being targeted, tortured, kidnapped, attacked and killed or denied safe passage from cities and regions under siege,” they wrote, adding that attacks to kill, injure or abduct journalists are considered war crimes during international humanitarian law.

They also said states must take steps to track down missing journalists, provide assistance and help return them to their families.

Social media users – including some Ukrainian journalists – applauded and appreciated the Pulitzer News after Monday’s announcement, recognizes the pain and hassle to cover a war in his own homeland.

“Every reporter in Ukraine is doing their job under impossible, shocking, heartbreaking conditions,” tweeted Jane Lytvynenko, a senior researcher at Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center. “They deserve every prize. Congratulations to the journalists in Ukraine, you are an inspiration and masters of the profession.”

She added “take care of yourself” and a link that people can donate to one Ukraine’s Emergency Fund for Journalism to supply equipment such as satellite phones and bulletproof vests.

This story originally appeared in that Morning edition live blog.



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