Ukrainian Journalists Receive 2022 Pulitzer ‘Special Citation’ Prize – The Ukrainian Weekly

Twitter.com/PulitzerAwards May 9 Pulitzer Board Special Citation for Ukrainian Journalists.

CHICAGO — This year, the Special Journalist Citation from the U.S.-based Pulitzer Prize Board was awarded collectively to Ukrainian journalists.

The Pulitzer Board, located at Columbia University in New York, annually awards awards for excellence in journalism, music composition, and literature.

On May 9, the board said Ukrainian journalists were cited “for their courage, endurance and commitment to truthful reporting during [Russian President] Vladimir Putin’s ruthless invasion of their country and his propaganda war in Russia.

The announcement adds that “despite the bombings, kidnappings, occupation and even deaths in their ranks, they [Ukrainian journalists] persisted in their efforts to provide an accurate picture of a terrible reality, bringing honor to Ukraine and to journalists around the world.

At least seven foreign and Ukrainian journalists have been killed while reporting since Russia renewed its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, according to an analysis by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) this week. based in New York.

The circumstances in which six other journalists died in Ukraine are still under investigation, said CPJ.

“There are at least 10 other names not on CPJ’s list of journalists killed in the conflict. All are Ukrainians and all worked in journalism – until the Russian invasion in February, when they left to join the war effort and died as combatants (CPJ’s database only tracks journalists killed on assignment or in circumstances possibly related to their journalistic work),” the organization said.

Other journalists may have been killed since February 24.

At least 23 journalists have been killed as of May 5, according to a Voice of America report.

The war has driven more than 6 million people to flee the country and internally displaced another 7 million people. Thousands of civilians and soldiers were killed and entire towns razed to the ground.

In 2021, the Special Citation Award went to Darnella Frazier, who was 17 and “bravely” recorded the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the Pulitzer Board said.

Her video “sparked protests against police brutality around the world, highlighting the crucial role of citizens in journalists’ quest for truth and justice,” the journalism organization said.

Kevin A. Perras