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Guardian and WaPo Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage 78

Late Yesterday, the Pulitzer Prize board announced (PDF) the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners. The public service prize was awarded to the Guardian and the Washington Post. The Washington Post was given the award for its role in revealing widespread surveillance by the NSA, "...marked by authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security," and the Guardian for sparking "...a debate about the relationship between the government and the public over issues of security and privacy." Snowden released a statement praising the Pulitzer board: "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 recognizes was work of vital public importance. This decision reminds us that what no individual conscience can change, a free press can. "
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Guardian and WaPo Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 15, 2014 @09:55AM (#46756067)

    He *is* a criminal. He is still right though.

    This is going to be tough but George Washington is considered a criminal too and Benedict Arnold is considered a patriot, in England. Because in that country under their laws they are.

    Most people still believe in the fairness of our justice system. They probably do not realize the gov would make an example of him. Until there are a few hollywood style movies making him look like a super hero. Most people will side against him.

  • by Vitriol+Angst ( 458300 ) on Tuesday April 15, 2014 @10:05AM (#46756159)

    They've gone after him -- for everything but actual offenses to the Constitution.

    Benghazi, birth certificates, communism -- it's not his fault the alleged opposition party has bad aim.

God help those who do not help themselves. -- Wilson Mizner