17 The Joe and Laurie Dine Award 2022

Best international reporting in any medium dealing with human rights

AWARD NAME: The Joe and Laurie Dine Award 2022
RECIPIENT: New York Times Staff
AFFILIATION: The New York Times
HONORED WORK: “War Crimes at Bucha”

With compelling reporting, The New York Times unraveled a human rights tragedy, giving voice to the victims of the Ukraine war while exposing the ruthlessness of its perpetrators. The package of stories, including a meticulously reported 28-minute documentary, summoned the propulsive narrative style of courtroom drama to detail the murders of civilians. The journalists relied on data bases, cellphone videos, 4,000 intercepted phone calls and on-site investigation to reconstruct how Russian brigades unleashed a premeditated atrocity in Bucha. They found that the 234th Guards Air Assault Regiment killed dozens of innocents as Yablunska Street became a map of misery and death. The series linked victim and killer, with Russian soldiers calling home on the smartphones of Ukrainians they murdered. As a whole, the package makes an airtight war crimes case against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s soldiers.

Links to the honored work:
1. New Images Show How Russian Soldiers Executed Men in Bucha
2. Their Final Moments: Victims of a Russian Atrocity in Bucha
3. Caught on Camera, Traced by Phone: The Russian Military Unit That Killed Dozens in Bucha
4. ‘Putin is a Fool’: Intercepted Calls Reveal Russian Army in Disarray
5. Bucha’s Month of Terror
6. ‘Such Bad Guys Will Come’: How One Russian Brigade Terrorized Bucha
7. In a Kyiv Suburb, ‘They Shot Everyone They Saw’

Citation for Excellence:
The Wall Street Journal
“War crimes in Ukraine”