Guardian editor in chief Alan Rusbridger to receive free speech award from Newhouse's Tully Center Oct. 1

September 11, 2014

Alan Rusbridger, editor in chief of The Guardian, will be honored with the annual Tully Free Speech Award on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Syracuse University. Follow on Twitter at #TullyAward.


The award, presented by the Tully Center for Free Speech in the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, honors journalists who have persevered in the face of threats and other obstacles to free speech. The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium in Newhouse 3.

“Alan was the editor responsible for publishing the Edward Snowden leak stories,” says Tully Center Director Roy Gutterman. “His courageous publication, while staving off attempts to censor and intimidate the journalists, has led to an international discussion of government surveillance. We are still talking about the Guardian’s journalism and will likely continue to talk about it.”

Rusbridger won the Pulitzer Prize shortly after his selection as this year’s Tully Award winner. He has also been recognized by numerous other groups, including the Committee to Protect Journalists.

A panel of Newhouse School faculty and students selected Rusbridger from an impressive slate of international journalists who had been forwarded by a group of outside nominators from top journalism, free press and press rights groups.

Other nominees included Rodney Sieh, Liberia; Edward Sekyewa, Uganda; Ali Anouzla, Morocco; Mehman Huseynov, Azerbaijan; Nick Cohen, United Kingdom; Bassem Youssef, Egypt; Ganimat Zahid (newspaper), Azerbaijan; and Yusuf Jameel, Kashmir.

The nominating committee included top international press rights advocates Michael Harris, head of advocacy at Index on Censorship; Debra Gersh Hernandez, communications director for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press; and Don Podesta, acting senior director for the Center for International Media Assistance at the National Endowment for Democracy.

The judging committee included: Aileen Gallagher, assistant professor of magazine; Joel Kaplan, associate dean and associate professor of newspaper and online journalism; Elena Sorokina, graduate research assistant in the Tully Center; Audrey Burian, special assistant in the Tully Center; Debbie Truong, Newhouse senior; Zane Warman, Newhouse freshman; and Gutterman.

About the Tully Award

Endowed by the late Joan Tully ’69, the Newhouse School’s Tully Center educates students and the public about the important value of free speech through education, resources and research. As part of her bequest, Tully asked that an award be given to honor a journalist who has shown courage in facing a free speech threat. The awardee visits Syracuse University for several days to be honored at an award ceremony, accept a cash award and visit classes across campus.

For more information, contact Gutterman at or 315-443-3523.