The Wall Street Journal 's series of reports on alleged financial scandals linked to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and state-owned fund 1MDB has made it on the Pulitzer Prize nomination list in the International Reporting category.
"Our coverage of 'Malaysia's Watergate' #1MDB was a Pulitzer prize finalist in the category of International Reporting," WSJ tweeted this morning.
According to the Pulitzer Prize official website, the WSJ had submitted a series of articles published between July and December last year - written by Tom Wright, Bradley Hope, Simon Clark, Mia Lamar and James Hookwood.
They were credited for their work which was described as "masterful reporting that exposed corruption at the highest levels of a fragile democracy, leading to Malaysia's Watergate".
Among others, the articles submitted were headlined "Malaysia Leader's Accounts Probed" (July 2), "Leader Faces Fire Over Fund" (Oct 15), and "The Money Network of Malaysian Politics" (Dec 28).
Najib and his supporters from the ruling BN have repeatedly accused the paper of peddling false accusations and being used by those with a political agenda to topple the government.
However, WSJ has continued to stand by its reports until today and supported calls for Najib to file a defamation suit against any allegedly false report.
The Pulitzer Prize awards were presented to the winners on Monday.
The Pulitzer Prize board awarded Alissa Rubin from The New York Times its international reporting award for her 2015 work in Afghanistan.
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) April 18, 2016