Gareth Porter Wins Top Gellhorn Journalism Prize!

I just found out that my friend and familiar byline (and radio guest) Gareth Porter, has just won the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism in London. This honor is for his outstanding research into the military’s targeted killing strategy in Afghanistan. Check out some of his work here. Porter freelances for InterPress News Service (IPS) but carries on his work independently, at his own cost, and cares not so much for the glory, but for the illuminating effect his reporting could have on the national discussion. A true journalist. I’m glad he is getting his due. Here’s the press release:


                        SECRETS OF AFGHANISTAN WAR


Gareth Porter, the Washington-based journalist, has won the prestigious Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism for 2012 for his investigation of US ‘killing strategy’ in Afghanistan, including the targeting of people through their mobile phones.

The judges said: ‘In a series of extraordinary articles, Gareth Porter has torn away the facades of the Obama administration and disclosed a military strategy that amounts to a war against civilians.’

The Martha Gellhorn Prize is given in honour of one of the 20th century’s greatest reporters and is awarded to a journalist ‘whose work has penetrated the established version of events and told an unpalatable truth that exposes establishment propaganda, or “official drivel”, as Martha Gellhorn called it’.

Previous winners include Robert Fisk of the Independent, Nick Davies of the Guardian, Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, and the late Marie Colvin of the Sunday Times (special award).

Those short-listed for this year’s prize were Amelia Gentleman of the Guardian for her articles about Britain’s ‘forgotten people’, the elderly and young offenders, described by the judges as ‘unique and eloquent’ ; and Phil Hammond and Andrew Bousfield for their ‘stunning’ special investigation in Private Eye, ‘Shoot the messenger: How NHS whistleblowers are silenced and sacked’.

The Martha Gellhorn Trust judges are: Dr. Alexander Matthews, John Pilger, James Fox, Jeremy Harding, Cynthia Kee and Shirlee Matthews.


For information: Dr. Alexander Matthews

18 thoughts on “Gareth Porter Wins Top Gellhorn Journalism Prize!”

  1. Huzzah for Mr. Porter! Well done sir and thank you for your excellent work. You have helped to inform we plebeians and that's is no small feat.

  2. Gareth has been doing great work for so many years – I'm glad that his work is finally receiving some of the credit it deserves.

  3. there’s a reason i’ve interviewed gareth more than 150 times: he’s the best.

  4. Gareth Porter always has interesting reports because he actually does old-school "read the reports, attend the conferences, cultivate contacts" journalism. Add in his experience and you get great stuff.

    He also plays a great dead-pan straight man to Scott Horton's enthusiastic Gen-Xer.

    There is one classic sequence where an exasperated Horton keeps trying to get him to admit that the US must have some goal in Afghanistan, a wrong-headed one surely, but a goal nonetheless. And Porter calmly keeps reiterating versions of "nope – its just bureaucratic inertia. The beast has no head." It was a slice of that absurdist black humour that war breeds in those masochists who apply their reasoning ability to it.

    Thank you Mr.Porter, for being what a journalist should be: an intelligence agent working for the public!

  5. kind of sad that a us citizen journalist writing about the deception of the united states government is only awarded in a foreign state.

    i guess we should be glad he is still free at least

    congratulations none the less

  6. A well deserved award for an outstanding journalist. Gareth Porter's work has becomea indispensable for the anti-war movement globally to see through the barrage lies and war propaganda.

    1. " outstanding journalist" and "indispensable for the anti-war movement" – what a crock!

      You certainly called him out like it is. You and Julian Assange- there's another winner.

  7. Vijayawada MP Lagadapati Rajgopal, who is always in limelight for making controversies, has tried to hogged media's attention yet another time. And he was successful!

  8. You are all brainwashed!!! This guy is not an outstanding journalist! He goes overseas and makes up false information! You said it yourself- he is critical to the anti-war movement because he creates biased opinion and tries to pass it off as news! "Anti-" means opinion! Don't kid yourself! YOU CREATE THE LIES AND PROPAGANDA!!

    Gareth Porter- you make up so much bull! This is such garbage! It is amazing that fake news groups and anti-war movements pay you for this!!! I hope I see you in Kandahar or Kabul- I would like to hear your fairy tales in person.

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  11. Congratulations to Mr. Gareth Porter for bagging the much coveted recognition as the one who exposed the secrets of Afghanistan war. His being balanced and fair in delivering his story make him respectable in the media industry.

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