Pulitzer Prize for Panama Papers Journalism?

Purlitzer panama papers

https://www.samaa.tv/international/2017/04/icij-pulitzer-prize-panama-papers/

It’s another sad day in global journalism when these various parties are awarded a “Pulitzer prize” for using and selling stolen documents from a sovereign country (Panama) to go after legal offshore entities that serve people and corporations of means.

Per Wikipedia, “The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States. It was established in 1917 by provisions in the will of American (Hungarian-born) Joseph Pulitzer who had made his fortune as a newspaper publisher, and is administered by Columbia University in New York City. Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories. In twenty of the categories, each winner receives a certificate and a US$15,000 cash award (raised from $10,000 in 2017). The winner in the public service category of the journalism competition is awarded a gold medal.”

Of course, Pulitzer prizes are continually losing their meaning and objectivity with so many recent awards going to questionable persons and organizations.  The more “liberal”, the more likely to qualify for a prize.

We view much of the journalism around the “Panama Papers” as morally indecent.  The volumes of articles full of innuendos,  false generalizations, and outright fabrications have been alarming when it comes to the subject of offshore companies, their bank accounts, and their legal representatives.  To reward these atrocities with a Pulitzer is just another nail in the coffin of journalistic integrity.

Since such a high percentage of modern medias are owned by so few, mega-rich, politically connected people…it should be no surprise that these awards will be more about political expediency than about real breakthrough journalism.

In time we trust that the thief (or thieves) who stole and distributed the private legal documents of such a large percentage of international investors and companies will be brought to justice in Panama and/or elsewhere.  Along with the actual thieves, we believe that any journalist or news organization that distributed or profited from these stolen documents should be liable for damages to the thousands of legal entities they have maliciously attacked. They should also be pursued by the law firm and government where these documents were supposedly protected by the constitution of Panama.

If the Pulitzer committee did not take these ethics into account…shame on them.  If they did, then they are party to the damages that should be claimed.

We understand…we will never qualify for a Pulitzer prize.

–EJ

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