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Darnella Frazier: 18-year-old who filmed George Floyd’s murder given prestigious journalism award

A teenagee girl has been recognized for courageously documenting the death of George Floyd by a white police officer.

The Pulitzer Prize was presented to Darnella Frazier, 18, with Pulitzer Prize Board co-chair Aminda Marqués González noting that she was awarded for her bravery.

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The committee stated that the video underlined the critical role of citizens in journalists’ fight for truth and justice,

Frazier recorded the 8-minute video that showed a police officer kneeling on George Floyd’s neck killing him instantly.

“The magnitude of these stories and the pace at which they unfolded pushed many in the news business to the limits of endurance,” González said.

She added;

“Much of the great work this year came against the backdrop of unfathomable loss as our colleagues and fellow citizens mourn the deaths of more than 600,000 people from COVID.”

In other news, PEN America announced on Tuesday, October 27, it will be honouring Darnella Frazier with the annual PEN/Benenson Courage Award for her bravery.

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According to the organisation’s CEO Suzanne Nossel, had it not been for her presence of mind and readiness to risk her own safety, the truth behind Floyd’s death would not have been known.

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