Pegasus Project consortium wins first Daphne Caruana Galizia journalism award
The first Daphne Caruana Galizia Prize for Journalism went to the consortium of journalists behind the Pegasus Project investigation.
The report by the Israel-based NSO group provided further evidence that its malware was being used to spy on journalists, human rights activists and political dissidents.
The research for the Pegasus Project was coordinated by Forbidden Stories, a Paris-based nonprofit journalism organization and human rights group Amnesty International, and was shared with 16 news organizations.
Journalists were able to identify more than 1,000 people in 50 countries who were allegedly selected by NSO clients for potential surveillance.
This included at least 180 journalists from around the world, as well as religious leaders, politicians and the military in India, Mexico, Hungary, Morocco and France.
The European Parliament, which awarded the prize, hailed the project as an “international journalistic initiative”.
“[The] an unprecedented leak of more than 50,000 phone numbers selected for surveillance by customers of the Israeli company NSO Group shows just how systematically this technology has been hijacked for years, “said declaration read.
By creating transparency, investigative journalism enables voters to make informed decisions, ”added European Parliament President David Sassoli.
“Protecting and supporting journalists is in the vital interest of democratic societies,” Sassoli said as he opened the award ceremony in Brussels.
“More editing” recipient
The inaugural EU prize of € 20,000 is named in honor of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was killed in a car bomb on October 16, 2017.
The prize is awarded by a jury made up of representatives of the press and civil society from the 27 EU Member States.
The prize rewards “excellent journalism which promotes and defends the values and principles of the EU: human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, rule of law and human rights”.
Corinne Vella, a sister of Caruana Galizia, said she would be “very proud” to see this award given.
“This is an award for journalists, named after a journalist, for a project involving journalists working to protect other journalists,” Vella told Euronews.
“I cannot think of a more suitable winner for the very first edition of this award.”
Last year the number of journalists killed or murdered around the world doubled and Vella says Europe still has “a long way to go”.
“It’s a terrible thing to see, and we would have hoped that things would improve greatly after Daphne’s death,” she told Euronews.
“Even though people are more aware of the dangers, we have yet to see the kind of drastic action the world and Europe in particular must take to protect journalism as a profession and to protect journalists. that actually protect our right to know. “
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