The journalists, one American (Greenwald) and one British (Poitras) are risking their freedom entering the United States on Friday to accept the George Polk Award in Journalism.
Greenwald reported the Snowden leaks, while Poitras filmed the initial Snowden interviews. What’s ridiculous is that these two have to fear potential incarceration by the United States, a country that prides itself on Freedom of the Press – for doing their JOBS!
The George Polk Awards were established by Long Island University in 1949, in memory of a CBS correspondent murdered while covering the Greek civil war in 1948. John Darnton, curator of the awards, said: “In the tradition of George Polk, many of the journalists we have recognized did more than report news. They heightened public awareness with perceptive detection and dogged pursuit of stories that otherwise would not have seen the light of day.”
With various senior officials in the US government calling Snowden, and now Greenwald, traitors, for exposing and reporting on ILLEGAL, UNCONSTITUTIONAL activities of the US government, it truly takes guts for Greenwald and Poitras to step foot into this country to accept their award, as treason is punishable by death. Our hats go off to these two reporters for putting themselves on the line in the name of preserving democracy and our US Constitution.
The awards will be presented in Manhattan on Friday, 11 April.