A special Pulitzer Prize was awarded today to a teenage girl whose video of the death of African-American George Floyd under the knee of a white police officer started a global movement against racial injustice and police brutality.
The jury for the Pulitzer Prize, the most prestigious American journalism award, awarded 18-year-old Darnela Fraser for “bravely filming the murder of George Floyd, in a video that sparked protests against police brutality around the world, pointing to the crucial role of citizens and justice. ”
Fraser was 17 when she filmed Floyd’s death in May 2020, when he was arrested by Minneapolis police.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune received the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news to cover the May 25, 2020 murder of George Floyd, and the civil unrest that followed in the city.
Floyd, an African-American, died after white police officer Derek Chauvin held him by the neck on the ground for nine minutes and 29 seconds. The action provoked a wave of protests, first in Minneapolis and then throughout the United States.
Star Tribune reporters covered outbursts of rage in Minneapolis where protesters set fire to buildings, including a police station. The Pulitzer Committee called the reporting “urgent, authoritative and nuanced.” Officer Chauvin was later convicted of murder.
The Associated Press received two Pulitzer Prizes for photography to cover protests about racial injustice in the United States and the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic on the elderly in Spain.
The chief photographer of the AP agency in Spain, Emilio Morenati, received the award for photography for documenting the influence of kovid-19. to the elderly. One of the winning pictures shows an elderly couple hugging and kissing through plastic.
The work of 10 AP photographers received the award for breaking news for reporting on the protests that engulfed American cities after the death of George Floyd in May 2020.
Photographers avoided rubber bullets and tear gas to capture footage of protesters with fists in the air and sometimes violent clashes with police. With these awards won, the AP has so far won 56 Pulitzer Prizes, including 34 for photography.