Reuters wins Pulitzer Prize for reports on persecution of Myanmar Muslims

By Reuters Staff
April 14, 2014

(Bozor Mohammed from the Rakhine state in Myanmar is pictured after an interview at his house in Kuala Lumpur November 8, 2013. REUTERS/Samsul Said)

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 fall victim to predatory human-trafficking networks.

Their Special Report – Thailand dumps Myanmar’s Muslim refugees into trafficking rings ran on FaithWorld on December 5, 2013.

Other reports of theirs that we carried last year include:

Fresh Myanmar clashes signal growing Muslim desperation

Apartheid tactics separate Myanmar’s minority Muslims from majority Buddhists

In a message to staff, Reuters Editor-in-Chief Steve Adler said:

For two years, these Reuters reporters tirelessly investigated terrible human-rights abuses in a forgotten corner of the Muslim world, bringing the international dimensions of the Rohingya to global attention. As a result of their work, more than 900 people were freed from brutal trafficking rings. Awarding the prize to Reuters in the International Reporting category, the Pulitzer committee recognized the team for “their courageous reports on the violent persecution of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in Myanmar that, in efforts to flee the country, often falls victim to predatory human-trafficking networks.” 

Read the full story on the Pulitzers here.

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Whilst I commend you on winning such a prestigious prize, I would like to remind that there are currently two Journalists (Phuketwan.com) facing potential imprisonment in Thailand for quoting your article word-by-word, i.e. certain extracts of your fine work pertaining to known violations of human rights that currently exist in Thailand regarding the mistreatment of the Rohingya. Therefore, perhaps you would also be kind enough to print a supportive article expressing your concerns that freedom of speech must prevail without repercussions.

30th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day, a United Nations-sponsored event, on the 3rd of May will no doubt highlight the plight of journalists all over the planet that put themselves in harms way. I hope that you will not turn your back on this event by remaining silent.

Reuters is a respected voice in the world, and I expect no less for them to support the injustices that exist, including those that have tirelessly campaigned to change the plight of these particular people and attitudes of those which are evidently against the values that we so much cherish in a democratic society.

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