The Guardian and The Washington Post won a prestigious Pulitzer Prize on Monday for reporting on secret US surveillance programs revealed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. The British and American newspapers shared the award for public service journalism handed out by the Pulitzer committee at Columbia University in New York.
The US unit of the British newspaper was honored for “helping through aggressive reporting to spark a debate about the relationship between the government and the public over issues of security and privacy,” the committee said. It recognized The Post for its “authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the (NSA) disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security.”
The shared award went to the two newspapers credited with breaking the news about NSA surveillance programs, without specifically citing the journalists involved.