Announced on 7 April 2014, awarded on 30 April 2014
Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras were named as joint winners of the 2014 Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling on 7 April 2014. The awards committee explained that “We have selected Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras for their efforts to expose the NSA’s illegal and unconstitutional bulk collection of the communications of millions of people living in the United States. Their act of courage was undertaken at great personal risk and has sparked a critical and transformative debate about mass surveillance in a country where privacy is considered a constitutionally-protected right.”
Both winners spoke at the Ridenhour awards ceremony on 30 April 2014, by video link from Moscow and Berlin respectively, in a discussion moderated by James Bamford. Footage follows below, along with a full transcript.