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[liberationtech] [SPAM:####] Democracy Now!: "This Award Is For Snowden": Greenwald, Poitras Accept Polk Honor For Exposing NSA Surveillance

Democracy Now! Outreach Team outreachteam at
Mon Apr 14 07:59:00 PDT 2014

Hi there,

In their first return to the United States since exposing the National
Security Agency's mass surveillance operations, journalists Glenn Greenwald
and Laura Poitras were honored in New York City on Friday with the George
Polk Award for National Security Reporting. Over the past 10 months,
Poitras and Greenwald have played key roles in reporting the massive trove
of documents leaked by Edward Snowden. They were joined by colleagues Ewen
MacAskill of The Guardian and Barton Gellman of The Washington Post, with
whom they shared the award.

We air the acceptance speeches given by Greenwald and Poitras. Watch it

After the award ceremony, reporters got a chance to ask the reporter duo
questions about their work and what stories are yet to come. Watch the
press conference here:

Here are some quotes from Greenwald and Poitras we thought to highlight:

Glenn Greenwald
- “We knew that we were doing this reporting in the context of what
already was some pretty grave threats to the news-gathering process, in
terms of the unprecedented attacks on whistleblowers by the Obama
- “Journalism in general is impossible without brave sources.”
- “I hope that, as journalists, we realize how important it is not only
to defend our own rights, but also those of our sources like Edward
Snowden. And I think each one of these awards just provides further
vindication that what he did in coming forward was absolutely the right
thing to do and merits gratitude, and not indictments and decades in
- “We are still in the middle of the story. … Some of the most
significant stories are yet to come.

Laura Poitras
- “It’s important also that we remember that when we actually do this
reporting, the enormous risks that journalists take on and especially that
sources take on, and in the case of Snowden, putting his life on the line,
literally, to share this information to the public, not just the American
public, but to the public internationally.”
- “This award would not be possible without their courage and bravery and
fierce reporting every step of the way.”
- “None of us would be here—Bart, Ewen, Glenn, The Washington Post, The
Guardian, The New York Times, all the people who are being offered these
awards—without the fact that someone decided to sacrifice their life to
make this information available. He’s not the first person who’s
sacrificed their life, but he came forward with information that allows us
to know what’s actually happening. And so this award is really for Edward

Watch: All Democracy Now! interviews with Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras
about their reporting on Snowden’s NSA leaks:

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Thank you so much for your time and consideration. Please let me know if
you have any questions.

Yazmin Khan
Social Media and Online Outreach Intern
Democracy Now! 

"This Award Is For Snowden": Greenwald, Poitras Accept Polk Honor For
Exposing NSA Surveillance


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"We Won't Succumb to Threats": Journalists Return to U.S. For First Time
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