Washington Post Global Opinion Editor Karen Attiah and Opinion Columnist David Ignatius have been awarded the Special George Polk Award for their writing on the murder of Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi. The judges wrote:
“A Special Award is presented to columnist David Ignatius and Global Opinions editor Karen Attiah of The Washington Post for their eloquence and resolve in demanding accountability from the Saudi Arabian government and candor from the Trump Administration in the wake of the gruesome murder of their colleague and friend, Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. In column after column, nine in all, Ignatius hammered home the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s likely role in Khashoggi’s death and dismemberment, a connection U.S. intelligence agencies established despite President Trump’s equivocation, and Attiah, who had recruited Khashoggi as a Post contributor and hired him as a columnist, came out from behind her editor’s desk to wage a public campaign on behalf of the truth.”
One of the most prestigious prizes in journalism, the Polk Awards memorialize George Polk, a CBS correspondent who was killed while covering the civil war in Greece.
View the full list of award winners here.