The US State Department told made mistake apprising the Finnish journalist who was a finalist of an award ceremony of acknowledging courageous women, but it presented as “speculation” a report that the prize revoked over her criticism of the US President.
State Department Representative Robert Palladino told in a briefing, “ What I would say is that we made a mistake. This was a regrettable error”, while he was questioned about a report based on the withdrawal of the award from Finnish investigative journalist Jessikka Aro in Foreign Policy magazine.
Mr. Palladino also told, “ We incorrectly notified this individual that she’d been selected as a finalist. This was an error. This was a mistake”, including that she had not been nominated as a finalist and “we regret the error ”.
Finnish investigative journalist Jessikka Aro who had to confront severe harassment for her deeds for exposing the propaganda operation of Russia had been nominated by the US Embassy in Helsinki for the International Courage award as a Women.
The awards were presented to 10 women by US State Secretary Mike Pompeo in a gorgeous ceremony attended by the first lady Melania Trump.
Foreign Policy magazine, reported that the US department rescinded the award while the officials checked her posts on the social media account and came to know about her criticism of the US President, mentioning US officials were familiar with the internal consideration.
It told the lower-level officials were vigilant for presenting the prize to someone who had often been censorious to the US President.
Jessikka Aro attacked twitter pointed to the Foreign Policy story, claiming “this happened to me” and calling it “unbelievable but true ”. The decision of withdrawing was “ such a disgrace and violates freedom of speech”, added by her.
State Department Representative Robert Palladino told the reporters, “ I’ve seen that speculation”. He also added, “I’m not going to be able to go further into weighing the merits of who was selected, whether one person had more merit versus the other. That’s internal. But I can say we regret the error and we’ve got to do better in that regard”. He also added to be clear, “ we admire this journalist’s achievements as a journalist and that was the basis of her nomination by Embassy Helsinki”.