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Truthout Contributor Gareth Porter Wins Prestigious Journalism Award

Friday, 15 June 2012 11:40 By Maya Schenwar and Matt Renner, Truthout | Announcement
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061512-8Truthout contributor Gareth Porter. (Photo: www.independent.org)Ripping away the illusions of official propaganda is difficult and dangerous work. But it's all worth it when respected journalistic institutions take note.

That's exactly what happened yesterday when reporter Gareth Porter was awarded the 2012 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism, a top UK award for reporting that tells "an unpalatable truth, validated by powerful facts"! Past winners include Nick Davies of the Guardian; Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks; and the late Marie Colvin of the Sunday Times.

Upon announcing the award, the Martha Gellhorn Trust committee cited two articles Gareth wrote for Truthout:

"In a series of extraordinary articles, Gareth Porter has torn away the facades of the Obama administration and disclosed a military strategy that amounts to a war against civilians."

These extraordinary articles - "
The Lies That Sold Obama's Escalation in Afghanistan" and "How McChrystal and Petraeus Built an Indiscriminate Killing Machine" - exemplify the mission that drives our organization. We are so proud of Gareth and honored by the recognition of the Martha Gellhorn Trust, a foundation named after one of history's bravest war correspondents.

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Read Gareth Porter's award-winning stories:

The Lies That Sold Obama's Escalation in Afghanistan

How McChrystal and Petraeus Built an Indiscriminate Killing Machine

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Maya Schenwar, Executive Director and Matt Renner, Director of Development

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Matt Renner

Matt Renner is Director of Development and Communications at Truthout.

Maya Schenwar

Maya Schenwar is Truthout’s Editor-in-Chief. Her book, Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better, will be out from Berrett-Koehler Publishers in October. Follow her on Twitter: @mayaschenwar

Previously, she was a senior editor and reporter at Truthout, writing on US defense policy, the criminal justice system, campaign politics, and immigration reform. Prior to her work at Truthout, Maya was contributing editor at Punk Planet magazine. She has also written for the Guardian, In These Times, Ms. Magazine, AlterNet, Z Magazine, Bitch Magazine, Common Dreams, the New Jersey Star-Ledger and others. She also served as a publicity coordinator for Voices for Creative Nonviolence. Maya is on the Board of Advisors at Waging Nonviolence.

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