The Pulitzer Prize Board issued a special citation Friday to Afghan journalists, interpreters, drivers, hosts and “those who “dedicated themselves at great personal risk to create and support journalism that has chronicled decades of life and war.”
The citation includes a $100,000 grant to provide emergency relief to such workers, many of whom are still attempting to leave the country after Taliban militants took over the capital.
Here’s the full release:
The Pulitzer Prize Board has issued a special citation “to honor the women and men of Afghanistan who have dedicated themselves at great personal risk to create and support journalism that has chronicled decades of life and war. From staff and freelance correspondents to interpreters to drivers to hosts, courageous Afghan residents helped produce Pulitzer-winning and Pulitzer-worthy images and stories that have contributed to a wider understanding of profoundly tragic and complicated circumstances.
“In support of their safety in either their continued work or their resettlement, this citation comes with a $100,000 grant to be administered by the Committee to Protect Journalists for the emergency relief of such individuals and their families.”
“It’s critical in a moment of stark threat to support those Afghans whose bravery, skill, and commitment to the ideals of a free press have helped create so much important journalism in recent decades,” said Board co-chairs Katherine Boo, Gail Collins and John Daniszewski.
The grant will be administered by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Founded in 1981 and headquartered in New York, CPJ is an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom internationally. CPJ’s network of experts and correspondents around the world report and take action on behalf of journalists targeted by press freedom violations. For more information, visit their website here.