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Washington Post, Guardian share Pulitzer for NSA coverage

Published on Apr 15, 2014 7:12 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - The Guardian and The Washington Post shared a Pulitzer Prize on Monday, April 14, 2014, for reporting on leaks from former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden that revealed a global surveillance network monitoring millions of Americans and foreigners.

The British and American newspapers won the award for public service journalism handed out by the Pulitzer committee at Columbia University in New York for sparking debate on secretive NSA programme.

The awards evoked a similar situation in 1972 when The New York Times was recognized for publication of The Pentagon Papers, leaking details of US political and military involvement in Vietnam.

The US unit of the British newspaper was honoured for "helping through aggressive reporting to spark a debate about the relationship between the government and the public over issues of security and privacy," the committee said.

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