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Reuters, New York Times share Pulitzer for migrant crisis photos

© Jewel Samad, AFP | Mike Pride, prize administrator, announces the 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners at Columbia University in New York on April 18, 2016

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Latest update : 2016-04-19

Reuters and The New York Times shared the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography for images of the migrant crisis, while the AP won for public service for a report on the abuse of seafood industry labourers, the Pulitzer board announced Monday.

Reuters photo staffers were named as co-winners for their images of migrants along with along Mauricio Lima, Sergey Ponomarev, Tyler Hicks and Daniel Etter of The New York Times.

Associated Press (AP) journalists Margie Mason, Robin McDowell, Martha Mendoza and Esther Htusan won for documenting how men from Myanmar and other countries were being imprisoned – sometimes in cages – at an island village in Indonesia and forced to work on fishing vessels. Numerous men reported maimings and deaths on their boats.

The 18-month investigative project involved tracking slave-caught seafood to processing plants that supply supermarkets, restaurants and pet stores in the United States. Subsequent AP reports detailed the use of slave labour in processing shrimp. The stories, photos and videos led to freedom for thousands of fishermen and other laborers, numerous arrests, the seizure of millions of dollars in goods, and crackdowns on Thai shrimp peeling plants.

The New York Times won a second award, the Pulitzer's international reporting prize, for a project detailing the plight of Afghan women after the death of Farkhunda Malikzada, a 27-year-old Muslim woman falsely accused of burning a Koran who was killed by a mob in Kabul as hundreds watched.

The Los Angeles Times took the prize for breaking news reporting for its coverage of the San Bernardino massacre, a shooting rampage by a radical Islamist husband and wife at a government building that left 14 people dead in December.

Tracking US police shootings

The Washington Post received the national reporting award for an examination of killings by police in the United States. The newspaper found that in 2015, on-duty police officers shot and killed 990 people nationwide – and that unarmed black men were seven times more likely to die at the hands of police officers than unarmed whites. More than 50 of the officers who had shot people had killed someone before.

The Tampa Bay Times and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune received the investigative reporting prize for a joint project on mental hospitals entitled, "Insane. Invisible. In danger." The Tampa Bay Times also won for local reporting on studying the effects of ending school integration in Pinellas County, Florida.

ProPublica and The Marshall Project received the award for explanatory reporting for exploring a rape case in which authorities initially didn't believe the victim, prosecuted her for lying, and only years later came to realise she was telling the truth.

The New Yorker was awarded the feature reporting prize for a story on the enormous Cascadia fault line under the Pacific Ocean.

John Hackworth of Sun Newspapers of Charlotte Harbor, Florida, was honoured for his editorial pieces about a deadly assault on an inmate by guards. Jack Ohman of The Sacramento Bee took the editorial cartooning prize for what judges called work that conveys "wry, rueful perspectives through sophisticated style".

The winners in all 21 Pulitzer categories – including awards for journalism, music, drama and letters – were announced at New York’s Columbia University, which administers the awards.

Journalism's highest honour, the awards began in 1917 after a bequest from newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer and are now marking their 100th year. Public service award winners receive a gold medal; the other awards carry a cash prize of $10,000 each.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS and AP)

Date created : 2016-04-18

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