Rohingya, NSA spying reports win Pulitzer prizes

Reuters won a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting on the violent persecution of a Muslim minority in Myanmar, The Guardian US and Washington Post were each awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service for their coverage of secret surveillance by the U.S.

Rohingya, NSA spying reports win Pulitzer prizes

World Bulletin/News Desk

Reuters won a Pulitzer Prize on Monday for international reporting on the violent persecution of a Muslim minority in Myanmar, the Pulitzer Prize Board at Columbia University announced.

The board commended Jason Szep and Andrew Marshall of Reuters for their "courageous reports" on the Rohingya, who in their efforts to flee the Southeast Asian country, "often falls victim to predatory human-trafficking networks."

Stephen Adler, Reuters Editor-in-Chief, said in a statement he was "immensely proud" of the "high-impact series."

"For two years, Reuters reporters have tirelessly investigated terrible human-rights abuses in a forgotten corner of the Muslim world, bringing the international dimensions of the oppressed Rohingya of Myanmar to global attention," he said.

"What we were writing about was under-reported," Szep said from Washington. "I hope through this, there is greater international attention of the risks and presence of religious violence in Myanmar."

The Guardian US and The Washington Post were each awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service for their coverage of secret surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency. Their reporting was based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who revealed details of global electronic surveillance by the U.S. spy agency.

The board said the Guardian US' reporting helped to spark debate about the relationship between the U.S. government and the public over issues of security and privacy and the Post's reporting explained how the disclosures fit into a larger framework of national security.

Reporting on the leaks, which began last June, sparked international debate over the limits of government surveillance and prompted President Barack Obama to introduce curbs on the spying powers of the National Security Agency earlier this year.

"We are particularly grateful for our colleagues across the world who supported the Guardian in circumstances which threatened to stifle our reporting," Guardian editor in chief Alan Rusbridger said in a statement.

"And we share this honor, not only with our colleagues at The Washington Post, but also with Edward Snowden, who risked so much in the cause of the public service which has today been acknowledged by the award of this prestigious prize," he said.

Russia granted Snowden temporary asylum last year after the U.S. Justice Department charged him with violating the Espionage Act.

The Boston Globe won for its breaking news coverage of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the ensuing manhunt.

The prestigious prizes, awarded by Columbia University, are given in 14 categories of journalism as well as drama, music, poetry and books.

Named after journalist and publisher Joseph Pulitzer, who left money to establish the Columbia Journalism School, the awards are decided by a 19-member panel of editors, news executives and academics.

The Pulitzer Prizes can bring badly needed attention and recognition to newspapers and websites competing for readers in a fragmented media industry, where many are suffering from economic pressures and budget constraints.

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Duncan Blair
Duncan Blair - 5 yıl Before

Very sad that while Jason Szep and Andrew Marshal win a Pulitzer prize, there are two inspiring and courageous journalists in Phuket Thailand, who stand to go to jail for up to 7 years and face a fine of 100,000.00Baht each, on Thursday 17 April 2014.Just because they chose to repeat what you had written in your article?Please read the following before you congratulate yourselves.

Graham Macmillan
Graham Macmillan - 5 yıl Before

Well done on the award, but please could acknowledge the help of Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian of phuketwan. Alan Morison said that Reuters employed Chutima Sidasathian twice last year. She guided them to meet contacts in Thailand that she had established over seven years of covering the treatment of the Rohingya in Thailand. These two journalists in Thailand, could go to jail for 7 years and be fined 100,000.00Thai Baht, tomorrow the 17th April 2014.Not an Abusive nor Hate Message.