"Washington Post" wins Pulitzer Prize for Capitol Storm Reports

The Washington Post won the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the January 2021 attack on the US Capitol. The newspaper received the award in the “Public Service” category for its “convincingly told and vividly presented reports on the attack on Washington”. These gave the public a “thorough and unflinching understanding of one of the nation’s darkest days,” it said.

Attack on the heart of US democracy

On January 6, 2021, supporters of US President Donald Trump stormed the seat of the US Congress in Washington to prevent the election victory of his Democratic challenger Joe Biden from being confirmed. Five people were killed in the attack. The attack on the heart of US democracy, with many members of parliament and senators fearing for their lives, shook the country. Trump had incited his supporters in a speech before the storm.

The journalists from Ukraine received a special mention at the 106th award of what is probably the world’s most famous journalist prize “for their courage, their perseverance and their commitment to truthful reporting during Vladimir Putin’s ruthless invasion of their country,” said the reasoning at the award in New York on Monday. The Russian President gave the order for an invasion of Ukraine in February. Since then, several reporters have died while working on site.

Fifteen of the Pulitzer Prize’s 22 categories are reserved for journalistic work, from investigative stories to photos to cartoons. The award is also given for literature, music and theatre. The winners are determined by a jury based at New York’s Columbia University.

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