Jyllands-Posten journalists honoured for reporting on former PET agent

Three writers will share the first European Press Prize for their stories on Morten Storm

January 31st, 2013 1:23 pm| by admin

Three Jyllands-Posten journalists have been announced as winners of the first ever European Press Prize for their reporting on former PET double agent Morten Storm


Orla Borg, Carsten Ellegaard Christensen and Morten Pihl received the News Reporting Award for "their groundbreaking investigative reporting project" according to a European Press Prize press release.


Through a series of articles that began in October 2012, Jyllands-Posten revealed Storm's role in leading the CIA to al-Qaeda terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki, who was then killed in a targeted drone attack by the US. Subsequent reporting from Jyllands-Posten detailed the fall-out from Storm's claims. New regulations over the work of PET announced last week by the Justice Ministry are largely seen as a reaction to the Storm case.


The stories on Storm received widespread attention both within Denmark and abroad, culminating with a December segment on the iconic American news programme '60 Minutes'


According to the prize organisers, J-P's reporting "fed a crucial debate on the role of European countries in the U.S. 'war on terror.' Simply, when is it right for states and their agents to kill?"


Borg, Christensen and Pihl will split a 10,000 euro cash prize. The Jyllands-Posten journalists beat out 133 other entries in the New Reporting category. They will receive their awards on February 26 in Amsterdam. 

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