AP wins Pulitzer Prize for ’Seafood from Slaves’ investigation
The Associated Press today won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service based on its international investigation of the fishing industry in Southeast Asia that freed more than 2,000 slaves and traced the seafood they caught to supermarkets and pet food providers across the U.S.
The achievement is the 52nd Pulitzer Prize won by AP.
The reporting by Esther Htusan, Margie Mason, Robin McDowell and Martha Mendoza also led to the arrests of a dozen people, the seizure of ships worth millions of dollars and the introduction of legislation in the U.S. Congress to create greater transparency from food suppliers.
在美联社记者Esther Htusan、Martha Mendoza、Robin McDowell和Martha Mendoza的报道后，十多名立功者被抓捕，价值数百万美金的船只被没收，也引发了美国国会在食品供给方面发明更大的透明度。
"The AP journalists accomplished two goals that had eluded others," AP Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll wrote in her nomination letter to the Pulitzer judges. "They found captive slaves, countering industry claims that the problems had been solved. And they followed specific loads of slave-caught seafood to supply chains of particular brands and stores, so companies no longer could deny culpability."
美联社高级副总裁兼执行编辑Kathleen Carroll 在写给普利策评委组的提名信中这样说：“美联社记者完成了两个超越一切的目的：第一他们发现了被关押的劳奴，回击了那些行业里老是宣称的‘问题已经处置了’。第二他们对劳奴捕捞的海鲜食品穷追不舍，以至追踪到供给链上的特定品牌、商店，所以公司再不可能承认罪恶的存在。”
The reporters put themselves at personal risk as they investigated. They were chased by company officials threatening to ram them with their speedboat after fishermen aboard a trawler begged for their help. For four days, they hid in the back of a truck to log the names of ships loaded with tainted seafood, hiding from gunmen from the fish mafia.
The reporters tracked the trucks to cold storage and processing factories and, using customs records and business databases, traced the cargo to U.S. distributors.
"With courage, integrity and tenacity, this team of journalists has shaken up the $7 billion-a-year Thai seafood export industry, engaged governments, corporations and consumers," Carroll wrote.
Before publishing the first story in March 2015, AP sought help from the International Organization for Migration to rescue the men on the Indonesian island of Benjina who were quoted. The reporters returned to Benjina a week later when hundreds of other slaves were evacuated.