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By protecting and continuing the work of reporters who can no longer investigate, we can send a powerful signal to enemies of a free press: even if you succeed in stopping a single messenger, you will not stop the message.
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Former editor of the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet
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Azerbajani investigative journalist
“What you are suggesting is creating a newsroom for journalists who have no press freedom. You will get fantastic stories.“
Matthew Caruana Galizia
Maltese journalist, son of slain reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia
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Mediapart‘s head of investigations
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2017 Pulitzer Prize winner
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Executive editor at Pulitzer Center
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