Pulitzer Prize winning ‘New York Times’ articles criticized for ‘Russophobic fabrications’ and repeating Russian journalists’ findings
A series of articles about Russia from The New York Times winning the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting has provoked criticism from Russian officials and journalists alike.
The Russian Embassy in the United States responded to the award by describing the articles in question as “an excellent collection of undiluted Russophobic fabrications that can be studied as a guide for creating false facts.”
The set of eight articles investigating Russia’s alleged interference in Libya, Syria, and the Central African Republic (CAR), as well as the poisoning of Bulgarian businessman Emelyan Gebrev, were awarded the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting, “for exposing the predations of Vladimir Putin’s regime.”
“The organizing committee of the award assumes great responsibility by pointing out the anti-Russian materials with statements that have been repeatedly refuted not only by Russian officials, but life itself,” the Russian Embassy in Washington D.C. wrote in a Facebook post.
In turn, Roman Badanin, the editor-in-chief of the independent Russian outlet Proekt, said that two of the award-winning investigations “repeat the findings [of Proekt’s] articles published a few months before.” “I would also like to note that the winners did not put a single link to the English version of our article,” he wrote in a Facebook post.
This year’s Pulitzer Prize winners were announced on May 4. The New York Times received a total of three nominations, while the most prestigious award, in recognition of public service, was given to journalists from the Alaskan newspaper Anchorage Daily News and the project ProPublica. The Pulitzer Prizes dates back to 1917.