The POGO gang had a great time at the sixth annual Ridenhour Prizes, held last week at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The Prizes are awarded to “recognize those who persevere in acts of truth-telling that protect the public interest, promote social justice or illuminate a more just vision of society.”
After a moving video tribute to Ron Ridenhour, and a heartfelt speech by Randy Fertel describing Mr. Ridenhour’s work, the Prizes were handed out to this year’s recipients.
Thomas Tamm received the Truth-Telling Prize for courageously blowing the whistle on the NSA’s illegal wiretapping program. Jane Mayer received the Book Prize for The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into A War on American Ideals, a chilling account of the government’s anti-terrorism policies following 9/11. New York Times columnist Bob Herbert received the Courage Prize for bringing “moral clarity and a sense of outrage to his ongoing depiction of injustice.” And a special Ridenhour Prize for Reportorial Distinction was awarded to Nick Turse for his “investigative reportage on the systemic atrocities of the Vietnam War.”
We applaud this year’s recipients for their courage and dedication, and we extend our gratitude to whistleblowers and journalists everywhere who work tirelessly to expose the truth.
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