The Mainstream Media Fails to Duly Cover the George Polk Awards Conferred to Honor Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras for Their Coverage of Whistleblower Edward Snowden’s Relevant Revelations [ #245 ]1
April 15, 2014 by Alfred
The George Polk Awards are conferred annually to honor special achievement in journalism.
On Friday, April 11, 2014, journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras received personally the George Polk Awards for their intrepid and excellent coverage of whistleblower Edward Snowden’s exposure of the NSA’s uncritical invasion of privacy covert programs which violate the American people’s right to know, which as constitutionally sacred as its right to free speech.
The relevance of this event is huge, not only in view of the awards to the journalists which reported on Edward Snowden’s revelations, but as well in view of the fact that both, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, mindful of their professional ethics and duties, and of their constitutional rights, risked possible detention and harassment by deciding to come to the United States to receive said awards in New York City.
Of further relevance is the fact that such mainstream media publication as The Washington Post, as well as the three big TV networks, failed to give ample coverage to this event, relegating therefore the reporting of such a momentous event of huge importance to independent subscriber supporter news organizations such as Democracy Now.
This writer therefore took it upon himself to do his part to further disseminate the coverage of this impactful moment by said prestigious Democracy Now program which is produced by Amy Goodman.
The recognition given by the bestowing of this prestigious award, further enhances the contention that whistleblower Edward Snowden carried out a veritable public service in his selfless act of exposing covert government wrongdoing, and this must become a basis for President Obama to grant Edward Snowden a Presidential pardon.