Jessikka Aro, a Finnish journalist who covered Russian trolls, was supposed to win a prestigious award. The State Department called it a “regrettable error.”
The US State Department planned to honor a prominent Finnish journalist this month — and then rescinded her award, reportedly because of her public criticism of President Donald Trump.
Jessikka Aro, a journalist who helped expose the Internet Research Agency, the Russian troll factory that spreads propaganda online, learned in January that the State Department would honor her for her reporting as part of its International Women of Courage awards.
Then, a few weeks later, the State Department abruptly told Aro she wouldn’t be receiving the award after all because of a “regrettable error.” But now, Foreign Policy’s Reid Standish and Robbie Gramer report that the State Department might have reneged on the award because Aro had criticized Trump publicly, including on social media.
According to Foreign…