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Reuters journalists win Pulitzer Prize

  • Pulitzer Prize winner Jason Szep

  • Pulitzer Prize winner Andrew R C Marshall

Two Reuters journalists have won this year's Pulitzer Prize for distinguished international reporting. The $10,000 prize is shared by Jason Szep and Andrew R C Marshall "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".

“We are immensely proud of Jason, Andrew and team for their outstanding work,” said editor-in-chief Stephen Adler. “I’m especially delighted that we won our first text Pulitzer for the kind of journalism that reflects many of Reuters core strengths: on the ground reporting, rigorous attention to fact and fairness, great knowledge of the region and the topic drawn from years of reporting experience in the field, brilliant visual components, and courage and tenacity.”

Reuters was also recognised as a finalist in two additional categories. A series by Megan Twohey which exposed the underground market for adopted children was named a finalist in the investigative reporting category and Goran Tomasevic was named a finalist in the breaking news photography category for a series of photographs documenting frontline combat in Syria.

“Winning a Pulitzer Prize for this important work is a testament to the dedication of our journalists around the world,” said James Smith, chief executive officer of Thomson Reuters. “This recognition reflects the total professionalism we strive to deliver in everything that we do across our organization. We are tremendously proud of Jason, Andrew, Megan and Goran and congratulate them on the bravery, brilliance and compassion of their work.”

Szep, an American, has been a Reuters correspondent, bureau chief and editor since 1990. His postings have been to Toronto, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Boston and Bangkok where he was Southeast Asia bureau chief overseeing text, pictures and television news operations across 10 countries. Last month he was appointed international affairs editor in Reuters’ Washington bureau.

Marshall, who is British, joined Reuters in January 2012 as special correspondent, Thailand and Indochina. Previously, he explored Asia’s remotest regions for TIME and other magazines and newspapers worldwide. He lives in Bangkok.

It is the first time Reuters has won a Pulitzer - the world’s most prestigious journalism prize - for text. Reuters’ first Pulitzer  was won in 2008 by Pakistan-born photographer Adrees Latif for breaking news photography. It was awarded for a dramatic photograph of a Japanese videographer, sprawled on the pavement, fatally wounded during a street demonstration in Myanmar. Latif was based in Bangkok at the time. ■

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