The besieged founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, was awarded the Martha Gellhorn Prize 2011 for Journalism.
The award is given to a person holding a journalism that challenges the secrecy and mendacity in public affairs. Assange is the first untraditional journalist awarded the prize.
“Wikileaks has been portrayed as a phenomenon in the era of high technology (…) but it is much more than that. The intention of achieving justice through transparency is the oldest and best traditions of journalism,” said the judges, who voted unanimously for Assange.