Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism is an honorific for Assad apologists

There’s something wrong with the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism. It’s one of those Nobel Peace Prize kind of things: not flattering if you’re one of the recipients after Kissinger & Suu Kyi. Judging from the quality of the website, it’s a post office box & email operation without any staff or real credibility. It was started in 1999 by Gellhorn, a prominent war correspondent who’s dead now but among the administrators of the award is John Pilger who went south as a journalist after he went all Islamophobic & began speaking ex cathedra on things he knew nothing about. Like feminism & Syria. Among the recipients are Robert Fisk, Patrick Cockburn, Julian Assange, Gareth Porter, Robert Parry, & Jonathan Cook–a regular who’s who of Assad apologists. Now we find out from Pilger that fascist propagandist Vanessa Beeley was a finalist for the 2017 Gellhorn Prize. Recognizing a kindred political degenerate, Pilger probably nominated her himself. It’s too bad Beeley didn’t win the damn thing because the Gellhorn would leave this earth before it barely acquired any respect.