Darnella Frazier made a video of the police murder of George Floyd, a black man, who “sparked protests against police brutality.”
Darnella Frazier, the teenage viewer who filmed a video on her cell phone about the murder of George Floyd, has received a special appointment from the Pulitzer Prize Council.
Frazier’s video was quoted as “highlighting the critical role of citizens in the pursuit of truth and justice for journalists” by the Pulitzer Board, whose annual awards are the most prestigious in American journalism.
Mindy Marques, the council’s co-chair, said Friday that Frazier’s video was “transformative” and explained that it “shook viewers and spurred protests against police brutality around the world.”
Floyd, a black man, he died on May 25, 2020, while Minneapolis, Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin led him to the ground.
The video filmed by 17-year-old Frazier, which showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds while Floyd said “I can’t breathe,” sparked a wave of protests, first in Minnesota and then all over the world. country. .
Chauvin was later condemned of murder.
Frazier testified during Chauvin’s murder trial in March, saying Floyd’s sight on the ground forced her to stay: “She was not well. He was suffering. I was in pain. ”
“I kept going until I apologized and apologized to George Floyd for not doing more, not interacting physically, and not saving his life,” Frazier said. “It’s not what I should have done; is what [Chauvin] I should have done it ”.
The cover of Floyd’s death and later protests of the Minneapolis Star Tribune won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage. The photography breaking news award was shared by 10 Associated Press photographers for their coverage of the protests.
The board cited the Reuters news agency for its “pioneering data analysis” which showed how an obscure legal doctrine on “qualified immunity” protected police using excessive force from the prosecution.
They shared the explanatory award with Ed Yong, of the Atlantic, who was praised by the board for “a series of lucid and definitive pieces about the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Pandemic coverage and Uighur reports are also gaining ground
Several other winners were recognized for their coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The country’s news organizations faced the complexity of sequentially covering a global pandemic, a racial calculation and a hotly contested presidential election,” Marks said at the announcement ceremony, which aired online.
Buzzfeed News won its first Pulitzer Prize, winning the International Reporting Award for its research series on China’s infrastructure for detaining Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang.
🚨 BuzzFeed News has just won its first Pulitzer Prize for our innovative research showing China’s vast infrastructure to detain hundreds of thousands of Muslims in the Xinjiang countryside. https://t.co/MnjzDFzSME
– BuzzFeed News “Pulitzer Winner” 🏆 (@BuzzFeedNews) June 11, 2021
The Pulitzers announced that Buzzfeed won “for a series of clear and compelling stories using satellite imagery and architectural experience, as well as interviews with two dozen former prisoners to identify a vast new infrastructure built by the Chinese government to to the mass arrest of Muslims. “
The board also recognizes artistic achievements and awarded its fiction prize to Louise Erdrich for her novel “The Night Watchman” about an effort to displace Native American tribes in the 1950s.
Other book winners include the late Les Payne and daughter Tamara Payne for her biography of Malcolm X The Dead Are Arising.
Friday’s announcement of the awards, worth $ 15,000 each, had been postponed as of April amid the pandemic. The awards luncheon, which usually takes place shortly after at Columbia University, has been postponed until the fall.