The Guardian's editor-in-chief, Alan Rusbridger, poses in a photo with a mangled piece of metal alongside a story Monday announcing his European Press Prize for leading a team of reporters on their NSA coverage.
What he's holding isn't the award, though, but one of the mangled hard drives containing National Security Agency files that Rusbridger and staff at The Guardian destroyed last year under government orders.
The Guardian was given "The Special Award" by judges at the European Press Prize – Europe's equivalent of the Pulitzers – at a ceremony in London which brought together leading journalists, editors and commentators from across the continent. Announcing the award, BBC Today presenter Justin Webb said Snowden had been "the biggest global story of the year". The series of revelations about the extent of state surveillance had "set alarm bells ringing throughout the world."
While accepting the award, The Guardian reported, Rusbridger spoke about destroying those hard drives. (more...)