The 105th Pulitzer Prize campaign featured several reports and articles about the George Floyd case itself and police brutality.
Darnella Frazier is an 18-year-old young woman who filmed the arrest and murder of George Freud in Minneapolis at the end of May 2020. Her courage was rewarded. On Friday, June 11, she won the Pulitzer Special Prize, the most prestigious award in the American press.
The Pulitzer jury paid tribute to the man who went out to participate in the competition that day and found himself in front of the stage by chance, because he “Bravely documented the murder of George Floyd, this video sparked a worldwide protest against police brutality”This mention is a rare example of recognition of the journalistic achievements of people who have no professional experience in the field, and this type of distinction is called “Citizen News”.
“I don’t know this person (…), but I know his life is important”On May 25, on the first anniversary of George Floyd’s death, Darnella Frazier wrote on her Facebook page. “It changed me, She continued. It changed my outlook on life. This made me realize how dangerous it is to be black in the United States. “
“One day, our child will be the only child”Sherrilyn Ifill of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) tweeted that the organization is a leading organization for racial equality and the promotion of the rights of black minorities in the United States. “At the same time, let us reward them for their courage and their contribution to the truth.”
A few minutes before Darnella Frazier testified at Derek Chauvin’s trial at the end of March, he did not lose consciousness. She explained that she had long regretted not intervening, “Didn’t save his life”, Before execution: “The question is not what I should do, but he [Derek Chauvin] It should have been done. “ The prosecutors demanded a 30-year prison sentence for Derek Chauvin, who will face sentence on June 25.
In addition to this special price, the 2021 promotion, 105electronic The history of the Pulitzer Prize features reports and articles about the George Floyd case itself and police brutality and police abuse, especially violence against Americans.
In the “Breaking News” category, its editors are Minneapolis Star Tribune, The local daily newspaper in the town where George Floyd was assassinated, which won an award for its coverage “Urgent, Reference and Careful”.
Reuters is co-crowned in the explanatory news category for a multimedia project called “Multimedia Project” «Block» This shows how half a century-old case law protects American police from prosecution or conviction for many mistakes.
In the field of local journalism, two reporters from Tampa bay times Awarded for publishing a series of articles about the Pasco County Sheriff’s abuse of power to harass people he believes may be illegal.
Another important topic in 2020, the coronavirus pandemic won the Pulitzer Prize in 2020 New York Times, In the public service category, and journalists for magazines Atlantic Organization, Ed Young, explanatory journalism. It is worth noting that the presidential campaign, elections, transition and January 6th events are not among the themes of the award.