New Delhi: Reuters had bagged Pulitzer Prizes on Monday for an investigative report that revealed the massacre of 10 Muslim Rohingya men and for capturing photographs of Central American migrants seeking refuge in the United States. This is the second time in a row that the Reuters had won the Pulitzers, which is considered to be the most prestigious prize in American journalism.
Upon finding a mass grave, two young Reuters reporters namely Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo went on to gather testimony from perpetrators, witnesses and families of victims. The Rohingya men were reportedly killed by Buddhist villagers and Myanmar security forces. The reporters were later jailed for 490 days in Myanmar for their alleged role in uncovering the killings. Notably, the two reporters were honoured with the Pulitzers this year. Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler said, “While it’s gratifying to be recognized for the work, public attention should be focused more on the people about whom we report than on us: in this case, the Rohingya and the Central American migrants.”
The reporters also obtained three devastating photographs from villagers. While two of the photos showed the 10 Rohingya men bound and kneeling, the third showed the mutilated and bullet-ridden bodies of the same 10 men in the shallow grave. In September, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were sentenced to seven years imprisonment for violating the country`s Official Secrets Act.
Reuters has won seven Pulitzers so far since 2008. This year’s award was under the international reporting category for revealing the Rohingya massacre that took place at the village of Inn Din, in the heart of the conflict zone of Rakhine state in Myanmar.
Apart from securing the award for the Myanmar investigative report, Reuters also won in the breaking news photography category for photographs of Central American migrants seeking refuge in the United States.
(With agency inputs)