The Pulitzer Committee has announced the winners of its 2017 prizes and the team behind the Panama Papers–led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), McClatchy and Miami Herald–has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. The investigation was carried out in partnership with the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung and more than 100 other media organisations including Nigeria’s Premium Times.
While Premium Times is celebrating this, we cannot find any links to it on the websites of the two other African news outlets known to have been part of the investigation: South Africa’s Mail and Guardian, and Botswana’s INK Center for Investigative Journalism.
The Pulitzer committee’s official citation names “International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), McClatchy and Miami Herald” as its honorees:
For the Panama Papers, a series of stories using a collaboration of more than 300 reporters on six continents to expose the hidden infrastructure and global scale of offshore tax havens. (Moved by the Board from the International Reporting category, where it was entered.)
Reacting to the announcement, Premium Times‘ publisher Dapo Olorunyomi has this to say:
We are truly humbled to be part of this ambitious effort to extend the frontiers of transparency and accountable in our complex and ever-evolving world.
It is gratifying that this effort is being continuously rewarded. But what we are celebrating here is the power of collaboration. It does appear the era of fierce competition is dying while that of expanding collaboration is gaining ground.
I thank our amazing staff who gave their all to the project, and ensured that we provided arguably the best coverage in Africa. We remain committed to serving our readers, and we will ensure that they remain the centerpiece of our reporting. We will continue to defend their rights to know even in the face of hazards we face daily.
The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction went to Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad. The Drama prize went to Lynn Nottage’s Sweat. The Poetry prize went to Tyehimba Jess’ Olio. The General Nonfiction prize went to Matthew Desmond’s Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.