The Polk Award for financial journalism for this year, sponsored by Long Island University, has been awarded to the Panama Papers investigation.
Rozana was the only Syrian media outlet to participate in the completion of the Panama Papers’ financial investigations, along with more than 100 partners and other media outlets around the globe, to collect and obtain leaked documents that reveal gigantic corruption files of politicians and heads of states, including the president of the Syrian regime, Bashar Al-Assad, and members of his family.
“The Polk Prize is an important recognition of the value of cross-border investigations. This project would not have been possible without the contributions of colleagues and partners in other media outlets,” said Gerard Ryle, director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).
The George Polk Journalism Awards are granted every year to acclaim adventurous exclusive investigations that garner significant media attention, in honor of journalist George Polk, the CBS correspondent who was killed in 1948 while covering the Greek civil war.
Among the winners of this year’s Polk Awards are The Washington Post, National Public Radio (NPR), and the New York Times.