The Associated Press has won two prestigious awards from the Overseas Press Club of America for an investigation exposing abuse in the lucrative palm oil industry and for reporting that held China accountable for its early mishandling of COVID-19 and human rights violations against the Uighurs.
As noted by the judges, the Pulitzer Prize won today by AP was: “For an investigation of severe labor abuses tied to the supply of seafood to American supermarkets and restaurants, reporting that freed 2,000 slaves, brought perpetrators to justice and inspired reforms.”
Should journalists just report what they know and leave law enforcement to take action later, or tip off police before their story is published? What if sources say it’s fine to use their names and faces, but don’t seem to fully understand the risks? How do reporters cover a freed slave’s reunion with his family, when the reporters’ work led to his freedom?