This week, 2022 Pulitzer Prizes were awarded. The New York Times won the most awards, including the prize for international reporting for coverage “that exposed the vast civilian toll of U.S.-led airstrikes, challenging official accounts of American military engagements in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.”
Insider (formerly Business Insider) won its first Pulitzer Prize for illustrated reporting on the Chinese oppression of the Uyghurs, while The Washington Post won the prestigious Public Service category for its coverage of the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol.
A special citation went to Ukrainian journalists “for their courage, endurance, and commitment to truthful reporting”… despite bombardment, abductions, occupation, and even deaths in their ranks…”
This week marked several journalist killings across the world. In Mexico, two journalists were killed in the eastern state of Veracruz on Monday. Yessenia Mollinedo and Sheila Garcia were reportedly killed by unidentified gunmen, Reuters writes.
Although we are not even in the middle of 2022 yet, it’s already shaping up to be one of the deadliest years for journalists in Mexico. Already 11 journalists were murdered in the country this year.
A large number of journalist killings in Mexico can be attributed to criminal organisations in one way or another; however, as The Washington Post notes, “the deaths point to the wide range of threats that journalists [in Mexico] face daily — and the impunity that allows their killers to act without fear of consequence.”
In the meanwhile, prominent Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh working for Al Jazeera was shot dead on Wednesday. She was covering clashes between he Israeli military and Palestinian gunmen in the West Bank city of Jenin.
It is not yet fully clear who shot Abu Akleh – Al Jazeera put the blame on the Israeli military, while the Israeli authorities said they were investigating the killing and either of the two sides could be responsible.
Denník N, one of the biggest newspapers in Slovakia, launched a Hungarian-language news portal Napunk.sk – a third language version after Slovak and Czech editions. According to the newspaper, the launch became possible thanks to a successful fundraising campaign that attracted over €90,000 since the beginning of 2022.
With a team of eleven people – editors, reporters, web editors, and a translator – Napunk.sk will serve the Hungarian-speaking population of Slovakia by creating original content and translating the most important texts from Slovak and Czech.
As the newspaper notes, the launch is an experiment, as Hungarian media are not used to relying solely on reader revenue to fund their work, but Denník N will be able to rely on its extensive experience building reader-supported journalism in Slovak.
The Washington Post is launching a bureau in Kyiv. Former Moscow correspondent Isabelle Khurshudyan will head it as Ukraine bureau chief, while former Nairobi bureau chief Max Bearak has been named chief Ukraine correspondent.
According to the newspaper’s statement, “the move signals The Post’s long-term commitment to covering Russia’s war in Ukraine and the people affected.” It’s also notable because few major international media outlets have their own offices in Kyiv, and before Russia’s invasion Ukraine often was under purview of Moscow bureaus.
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