THE Wall Street Journal’s (WSJ) tireless coverage of the 1MDB scandal saw the international daily scoop up two honors at the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Awards 2016 on Wednesday night, including Journalist of the Year.
WSJ’s Asia economics editor Tom Wright was awarded the distinction for playing a major role in the series of exposes and follow-ups on the troubled state investment fund.
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When accepting his award, Wright said he had been working on the story for a year.
“Obviously on this story, we were threatened a lot by the Malaysian government – threatened to be sued. We’ve been told we made up stories, made up sources, (that) our sources may or may not have existed – I don’t even know what that’s supposed to mean – and that, basically, we have an agenda, (that) we were a political actor in Malaysia,” he said, as quoted by Coconuts KL.
“That isn’t true. All we were doing is reporting the truth, as our Malaysian colleagues have done. Hopefully that will make a difference. It hasn’t made any difference yet, but we’ll keep going at it,” Wright added.
The publication was also named the Group A winner for the Scoop Award and an honorable mention for the Excellence in Investigative Reporting Award, as its initial report over the debt-ridden fund sparked an international investigation into the matter.