Manisha Ganguly awarded the George Weidenfeld Prize 2020 for war crimes investigation
Manisha Ganguly, a CAMRI Doctoral Researcher, has been awarded the prestigious George Windenfeld Prize for 2020. The prize which is presented by the Axel Springer Academy is a recognition of excellent investigative and courageous research activities. Ganguly, whose PhD work examines the effects of automation, AI and open source technology in investigative journalism, also works for the BBC World Service’s Emmy-award-winning Digital Documentaries team, the prime-time program Newsnight and print publications such as the Telegraph (UK). The presenting of the George Windenfeld Prize is in recognition of her investigations into war crimes in Libya and Syria, uncovering the training of Jamal Khashoggi’s murderers and other international exclusives.
On winning the award Ganguly said “I’m extremely grateful to the Axel Spinger Academy for this award. Now more than ever is the need for investigative journalism felt, and I’m glad that open-source techniques are being recognised internationally for its ability to hold the powerful to account.”
The prize is named after the publisher and publicist Lord George Weidenfeld (1919-2016), who throughout his life was committed to critical journalism and promoting young talents. In his last major speech at the Axel Springer Prize 2015, he called on young journalists to be “vigilant and courageous” and encouraged them to stand up resolutely and with a clear position for freedom. George Weidenfeld was a long-standing writer for WELT and columnist for BILD am SONNTAG.
Manisha Gangual for Newsnight: