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Julian Assange WikiLeaks founder wins journalism award

Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, has won the 2011 Martha Gellhorn prize for journalism. The annual prize is awarded to a journalist “whose work has penetrated the established version of events and told an unpalatable truth that exposes establishment propaganda, or ‘official drivel’, as Martha Gellhorn called it”.

“WikiLeaks has been portrayed as a phenomenon of the hi-tech age, which it is. But it’s much more. Its goal of justice through transparency is in the oldest and finest tradition of journalism,” Martha Gellhorn prize judges said in their citation.

“WikiLeaks has given the public more scoops than most journalists can imagine: a truth-telling that has empowered people all over the world. As publisher and editor, Julian Assange represents that which journalists once prided themselves in – he’s brave, determined, independent: a true agent of people not of power.”

[The Guardian]

Editor’s note: Martha Gellhorn, an American who settled in Britain, is renowned as a war reporter. She was one of the first to report in Vietnam what she called “a new kind of war against civilians”.

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2 Responses to “Julian Assange WikiLeaks founder wins journalism award”

  1. Being patriotic Indian, we are interested to know about the names of person’s who have stashed black money in swizz bank. As we lost hope in our government which is supposed to take action on black money holders instead protecting them….Hope wiki leaks would come out with list of black money holders..

  2. […] by the conviction of an activist and the curiosity of a journalist, Assange founded WikiLeaks in 2006. He slept little and sometimes forgot to eat. He hired staff and […]


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