War, migration, terrorism: the 2016 Pulitzer Prizes echo the tragedies of the world

Wars, refugee crisis, terrorism: the 2016 Pulitzer Prizes announced on Monday in New York echoed the world’s great tragedies this year.

These prizes, named after journalist Joseph Pulitzer, first awarded in 1917, are among the most prestigious in journalism and artistic creation.

Two Pulitzer Prizes were awarded exceptionally in the “Breaking news” photo category: one to four New York Times photographers –Mauricio Lima, Sergey Ponomarev, Tyler Hicks and Daniel Etter – for their work on refugees and dangers that they face; the other went to Thomson Reuters photo teams, having followed the migrants on an uncertain journey of hundreds of kilometers, mainly as a result of the war in Syria.

Alissa Rubin, former head of the Kabul bureau of the New York Times now based in Paris, was honored in the international reporting category for her coverage of the suffering of Afghan women, more than 14 years after the US invasion to dislodge the Taliban.

The Los Angeles Times received the Pulitzer in the “Breaking News” category for its exceptional coverage of the massacre in San Bernardino (California) last December by a young couple of Pakistani origin, self-radicalized, which killed 14 people.

And in the non-fiction literature category the Pulitzer went to “Black Flags: the rise of ISIS” by Joby Warrick.

For the first time, two magazine journalists have been honored with a Pulitzer, both from the New Yorker: critic Emily Nussbaum and Kathryn Schultz.

The AP news agency received the most coveted “public service” Pulitzer for an investigation in Asia into the working conditions of slave fishermen, whose shrimp ended up in the United States. The investigation had led to the release of 2,000 slaves and to numerous arrests.

And in the national reporting category, the Pulitzer went to the Washington Post, for creating a database of people killed by US police and the profiles of those victims.

The musical Hamilton, one of the current big hits of Broadway in New York, won unsurprisingly in the theater category.

In total, the Pulitzer jury received some 3,000 entries for these awards in 22 categories, including 1,112 for the 14 journalistic award categories.

The winner of the public service award wins a gold medal, the others a prize of $ 10,000. They will be receiving their prizes at a luncheon in New York in a few weeks.

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War, migration, terrorism: the 2016 Pulitzer Prizes echo the tragedies of the world

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