The Best Story of Last Year, Every Fish You Ate May Dip in Another Person’s Blood

2016 Pulitzer Prize announced last week. In this year, the winner of “Public Service Award” is a group comprising seven lengthy investigations and two video reports, it tells a shattering story which can be made into the Oscar-winning film.

Photo Source: Associated Press


With no exaggeration to say that is the most regressed journalism works of last year.

Photo Source: Associated Press

That group journalists spent the whole year, risking their lives to write reports. Unpacked the criminal acts of Thai fishing industry in decades, rescued more than 2,000 people who abused enslaved years and decades of illegal immigrants. The United States, and European governments began to consider legislation.

This story, in fact, it’s not far away from us. Every fish we ate, may contaminate with slaves’ blood.

The slaves the AP interviewed on Benjina were mostly from Myanmar. They were brought to Indonesia through Thailand and forced to fish. Their catch was then shipped back to Thailand, where it entered the global stream of commerce. Photo Source: Associated Press

The slaves who interviewed by AP on Benjina were mostly from Myanmar. They were brought to Indonesia through Thailand and forced to fish. Their catch will be shipped back to Thailand, where it entered the global commerce.

20% of fish will Thai fishing inexported to the United States. And the number of foreign fishermen employed reached 100,000, but the village of Benjina bloodied industry iceberg.

In Saturday May 16, 2015  reunions with his sister and mother close to his home after 22 years. Photo Source: Associated Press

Reporters who followed the whole chain of fish contaminated with blood completed a journey around the world. At the end, reporters followed fish to Wal-Mart, Sysco, etc. These known large-scale supermarkets. from Benjina to Wal-Mart, which is a long chain; and tied to this chain every company, every individual, every cent they earn are stained with the blood of Myanmar fishermen, sweat, and tear.

Benjina’s story definitely not isolated cases, the Associated Press reported stories also includes an article about the Thai shrimp industry survey, exposing countless child labor and women enslaved story. What happened to them is much more than those who are not lucky fishermen Myanmar and Cambodia.

Children sit as they are registered during a raid on a shrimp-peeling shed in Samut Sakhon, Thailand. Photo Source: AP Photo/Dita Alangkara


The Associated Press tracked the supply chain of shrimp peeled by slaves to major U.S. brands. Photo Source: Associated Press

I was also impressed by an interview of a 30-year-old fisherman Hlaing Min. He told reporters: “The Americans and Europeans when you eat these fish please remember that how much we had sacrifice,  there is a mountain of bones under the sea…… “

The story is finished and let’s talk about the understanding of the word “news”

In English, often called the news “story” which is actually happened out in our lives, after a thorough investigation by the reporter arduous learned the true story.

China presses defined “news” as “facts reported recently occurred”. That’s why Chinese newspapers often appear news conference and speech of the leader. Strictly speaking, however, these can not be regarded as news, because they do not have the story, the reader does not care to watch.

Good news, the first should be a fascinating story as the Associated Press’s reported. And more importantly, they are the meaningful story, because the story was told out, changed the fate of more than 2,000 people, has changed a little corner of the world.


Photo Source:  Mark Lennihan


The reporters of Associated Press, Esther Htusan, Margie Mason, Robin McDowell and Martha Mendoza, please accept my deepest respect.

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One Comment Add yours

  1. mohammedalajlan1991 says:

    This is a really a huge sacrifice that hundreds for people are suffering to get a good quality of food to another people. We are really in a precious blessing that we have to be thankful and grateful for it every single moment. Thanks for your interesting blog

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