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.
With no exaggeration to say that is the most regressed journalism works of last year.
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 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.
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.
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.
The reporters of Associated Press, Esther Htusan, Margie Mason, Robin McDowell and Martha Mendoza, please accept my deepest respect.