Chelsea Manning, Correctiv & Novartis whistleblowers win GUE/NGL Award

Named in honour of the murdered Maltese investigative journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, three whistleblowers have been honoured by the GUE/NGL for their work in exposing the truth, and for their courage in risking their careers and personal freedom.

The former US army intelligence officer Chelsea Manning, the non-profit German investigative organisation Correctiv, and Greece’s Novartis whistleblowers have been jointly awarded the third annual GUE/NGL prize for ‘Journalists, Whistleblowers and Defenders of the Right to Information’.

This year’s ceremony took place two days before the third anniversary of Caruana Galizia’s assassination, and her killers remain at large and the murder unresolved.

2020 winners

  • Chelsea Manning, whistleblower and former US Army intelligence analyst who passed on classified information and war logs to the international press, exposing human rights violations.
  • Correctiv, non-profit investigators which helped expose, amongst others, the ‘cum-ex’ scandal which is estimated to have cost EU taxpayers at least €55 billion. 
  • Greece’s Novartis whistleblowers, whose lives remain in danger after exposing high-level corruption by the pharmaceutical giant to doctors even the most senior members of right-wing Greek government during the late 2000s/early 2010s.

You can watch the winner’s acceptance speeches here:

Also nominated

  • Eileen Chubb – British care home worker who exposed widespread elderly abuse at BUPA facilities.
  • Glenn Greenwald – co-founder of The Intercept and one of the main forces behind the Edward Snowden leaks on the NSA.
  • Omar Rojas Bolaños – former Colombian national police colonel currently in exile after exposing the extrajudicial killings of thousands of men & women at the hands of the country’s police forces, army & government.

For full biographies of the nominees and winners, please click here

Originally published at the website of GUE/NGL (full text)