Quaker Truth and Integrity Award

Investigative journalist Carole Cadwalladr has been awarded the first Quaker Truth and Integrity Award

Carole Cadwalladr giving a TED talk. | Photo: Courtesy of Carole Cadwalladr.

The inaugural Quaker Truth and Integrity Award has been given to investigative journalist Carole Cadwalladr. The writer, who also won the Orwell Prize for political journalism, and was a finalist for a 2019 Pulitzer Prize, made headlines when she exposed the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal in The Observer.

The Quaker Truth and Integrity Group (QTIG) set up an annual award following concerns over a lack of honesty in public life. The award recognises ‘an exceptional contribution by a British individual or organisation towards the enhancement of standards of truth and integrity’.

In the award citation, QTIG said: ‘Carole has with great courage exposed serious instances of malpractice and threats to democracy. In doing so, she has made a major contribution towards the enhancement of truth and integrity in public affairs.’

Governing with integrity is essential for generating trust, QTIG said, and when that trust breaks down people become disillusioned, and leaders lose their mandate.

‘In seeking to promote democracy and the rule of law over and above personal interests, Carole is an exceptionally worthy recipient’.

Carole Cadwalladr has also made headlines for being ordered to pay libel costs for suggesting that Aaron Banks, the Brexit-backing businessman, had told lies about having links to the Russian government.

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