The Great Famine-Genocide in Soviet Ukraine (Holodomor)

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'STRIP VILLAIN OF HIS PULITZER PRIZE'
  

By Tomos Livingstone, The Western Mail, Cardiff, Wales
icWales, The National Website of Wales, Thursday, June 26, 2003

RELATIVES of a legendary Welsh journalist have joined a campaign to strip the Pulitzer Prize from the man who tried to ruin his reputation.

Gareth Jones, who wrote for The Western Mail in the 1930s, first exposed the Ukraine famine, in which millions of people died, in a series of articles in March and April 1933. But the New York Times's Moscow correspondent Walter Duranty rubbished Jones's claims.

Gareth Jones

Now a campaign, kick-started by Ukranian exiles who see the famine as the greatest disaster in their history, is aiming to strip Duranty of the Pulitzer Prize he was awarded in 1932.

Duranty strenuously denied that Stalin's Five-Year-Plan was responsible for causing the famine, which Ukranians know as the Holdomor.

Mr Jones's niece, Dr Siriol Colley, and her son Nigel Colley have written a letter to the committee which awards the prize. The committee is already understood to be reviewing the award, and there have been calls for it to be given to Jones instead.

Jones, born in Barry, also worked as a secretary to David Lloyd George and had a glittering journalistic career before being murdered by bandits in Mongolia - on the trail of another story - in 1935, aged just 29.

It was revealed at the weekend that Duranty, who died in 1957, was on a list of suspected communist sympathisers passed to the Foreign Office in the 1930s by writer and journalist George Orwell.

In their letter to the Pulitzer committee, Dr Colley writes,"The Pulitzer Prize should be revoked from Walter Duranty, not just for his falsification of Stalin's ruthless execution of the Five Year Plan of Collectivisation, but also for his complete disregard for journalistic integrity.

"Through abusing his position of authority as The New York Times's reporter in the Soviet Union, he villainously and publicly denigrated the truthful articles of my uncle, and ashamedly did so, whilst being fully aware of the on-going famine."

The Pulitzer committee has only once revoked a prize, in 1981, when a report by the Washington Post's Janet Cooke was revealed to be false.


The Western Mail, Cardiff, Wales, Thursday, June 26, 2003
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