New York: In a first, two Indian photojournalists won Pulitzer Prizes. Reuters photographer Danish Siddiqui received the prestigious award for a picture of a Rohingya refugee man pulling a child as they walk to the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat. Siddiqui’s colleague Adnan Abidi won the Pulitzer for a picture of a Rohingya father’s hand on his seven-year-old boy, who was shot in his chest before crossing the border from Myanmar.
Apart from photography, Reuters on Monday also won a Pulitzer for international reporting, while The New York Times and The Washington Post shared the national reporting honor for detailing the US investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election.
Pulitzers, the most prestigious awards in American journalism, recognised Reuters in international reporting for exposing the methods of police killing squads in Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, and for feature photography documenting the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh.
In the Philippines coverage, Reuters reporters Clare Baldwin, Andrew RC Marshall and Manuel Mogato “demonstrated how police in the president’s ‘drug war’ have killed with impunity and consistently been shielded from prosecution,” Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen J Adler said.
The coverage, depicted through the award-winning series called “Duterte’s War”, included a report that revealed how a police anti-drug squad on the outskirts of Manila had recorded an unusually high number of killings. Many members of the squad came from a distant place that was also Duterte’s hometown, where the campaign’s brutal methods originated during his time as mayor.