Two jailed Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, won a Pulitzer Prize on Monday (April 15) for revealing the massacre of 10 Muslim Rohingya men by Buddhist villagers and Myanmar security forces. The two honorees have been jailed for 490 days in Myanmar for their role in uncovering the killings.
The two young Reuters reporters, both Myanmar citizens, found a mass grave filled with bones sticking out of the ground at the village of Inn Din, in the heart of the conflict zone of Rakhine state in Myanmar. They went on to gather testimony from perpetrators, witnesses, and families of victims.
They obtained three devastating photographs from villagers: two showed the 10 Rohingya men bound and kneeling; the third showed the mutilated and bullet-ridden bodies of the same 10 men in the same shallow grave.
The announcement of the awards took place at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. The ceremony was led by the administrator of the awards, Dana Canedy.