The Washington Post and the United States unit of Britian’s The Guardian newspaper have won this year’s Pulitzer Prize, the most coveted award in journalism, for their coverage of secret surveillance by the United States on millions of people and institutions around the world, Reuters reported Monday.
The prize-winning work was based on documents leaked by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden who revealed confidential details of global electronic surveillance by the US government.
Snowden’s revelations sparked an international debate over the limits of government surveillance and prompted US President Barack Obama to curb spying activities by the country’s intelligence agencies.
Questions were raised about the Pulitzer selection process over whether the two newspapers deserve to be honored for cooperating with someone wanted by his government for treason.
The Guardian editor lan Rusbridger thanked Snowden, saying he “risked so much in the cause of public service”.
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