Darnella Frazier took the video of the police murder of George Floyd, a man of Blacks, who “stimulated demonstrations against police brutality.”
Darnella Frazier, the teenage spectator who shot the video of the murder phone George Floyd, received a special citation from the Pulitzer Prize Council.
Frazier’s video was quoted as “highlighting the critical role of citizens in journalists’ pursuits for truth and justice ”by the Pulitzer Board, whose annual awards are the most prestigious in American journalism.
Mindy Marques, co-chair of the council, called Frazier’s video “transformative” on Friday, explaining that it “shocked viewers and stimulated demonstrations against police brutality around the world”.
Floyd, a Black, he is dead on May 25, 2020, while he was knocked to the ground by Minneapolis, Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin.
The video filmed by 17-year-old Frazier, which showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes, 29 seconds while Floyd said “I can’t breathe,” sparked a wave of protests, first in Minnesota and then in the whole country. .
Chauvin was next condemned of the murder.
Frazier testified at the trial of Chauvin’s assassination in March saying that Floyd’s sight on the ground forced him to stay: “It wasn’t good. He was suffering. He had pain.”
“I was left to apologize and apologize to George Floyd for not doing more and not interacting physically and not saving his life,” Frazier said. “That’s not what I should have done; is what [Chauvin] I should have done it. “
Coverage of Floyd’s death and the aftermath protests from the Minneapolis Star Tribune won the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the latest news. The latest news award for photography was shared by 10 Associated Press photographers for their coverage of the protests.
The council quoted the Reuters news agency for its “pioneering data analysis” which showed how an obscure legal doctrine of “qualified immunity” protects the police using excessive force from the prosecution.
They shared the prize of explanation with Ed Yong of the Atlantic, who was praised by the council for “a series of lucid, definitive pieces on the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Pandemic coverage and Uighur reports are winning as well
Several other winners have been recognized for their coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The nation’s press organizations have had the complexity of sequentially covering a global pandemic, a racial calculation and a bitterly contested presidential election,” Marques said at the announcement ceremony, which was broadcast online.
Buzzfeed News has won its first Pulitzer Prize, winning the international report award for its investigative series on China’s infrastructure for detaining Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang.
🚨 BuzzFeed News won its first Pulitzer Prize for our revolutionary research exposing China’s vast infrastructure for the detention of hundreds of thousands of Muslims in the Xinjiang camps. https://t.co/MnjzDFzSME
– BuzzFeed “Pulitzer Winner” News 🏆 (@BuzzFeedNews) June 11, 2021
Pulitzers have announced that Buzzfeed has won “a series of clear and compelling stories using satellite imagery and architectural skills as well as interviews with two dozen former inmates to identify a vast new infrastructure built by the Chinese government for the mass detention of Muslims. “
The council also acknowledged achievements in the arts, and awarded its fiction prize to Louise Erdrich for her novel “The Night Watchman” about an effort to displace Native American tribes in the 1950s.
Other winners for the books include the late Les Payne and daughter Tamara Payne for her biography of Malcolm X The Dead Are Arising.
Friday’s announcement of the awards, worth more than $ 15,000 each, had been postponed since April amid the pandemic. The award ceremony, which normally takes place shortly after Columbia University, has been postponed until the fall.