Pulitzer Prize board honours teen who took video of George Floyd murder

A still image taken from Darnella Frazier's video  shows Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin arresting George Floyd.
A still image taken from Darnella Frazier's video shows Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin arresting George Floyd.PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - The Pulitzer Prize Board awarded a “special citation” on Friday to the teenager whose video of the murder of George Floyd by a police officer sparked worldwide protests against racial injustice.

Eighteen-year-old Darnella Frazier was honoured at a ceremony announcing the 2021 prestigious journalism awards for her video of Floyd’s May 2020 murder by a Minneapolis police officer.

Frazier was being recognised “for courageously recording the murder of George Floyd, a video that spurred protests against police brutality around the world, highlighting the crucial role of citizens in journalists’ quest for truth and justice,” the citation said.

The staff of the Star Tribune of Minneapolis was awarded the prize in the breaking news category for its coverage of Floyd’s death and its repercussions.

The New York Times was honoured with the public service award for its coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

Online outlet BuzzFeed won its first Pulitzer, in the international reporting category, for coverage of prison camps built by China for mass detention of Muslims.