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Pulitzer Prize Awarded to AP Investigation “Seafood from Slaves”

HeadlineApr 19, 2016

And the 100th annual Pulitzer Prizes have been announced. The Washington Post won for the series “Fatal Force,” which tracked 990 police killings throughout 2015. Lin-Manuel Miranda won best drama for “Hamilton.” Ken Armstrong of The Marshall Project and T. Christian Miller of ProPublica won for the investigation “An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” which chronicles a botched rape investigation. And the Associated Press won the Pulitzer Prize for public service for the investigative series “Seafood from Slaves,” which uncovered slavery in the Southeast Asia fishing industry—a major supplier of seafood to the United States. I sat down with two of the AP reporters, Robin McDowell and Martha Mendoza, last week in Los Angeles.

Amy Goodman: “This issue of third-party suppliers, Martha, what do you say to companies that say, 'We can't be responsible for going right back to the beginning of where a fish is caught. If these men are slaves, certainly we don’t condone that, but how would we know?’”

Martha Mendoza “Well, we’re a couple of moms, we are news reporters, and we found this. I don’t buy it. A major corporation that really cares and is really committed to keeping human trafficking out of their supply chain can get meticulous, get on the ground, talk to people, figure out where their products come from. And it may be a little bit more expensive for them, and their profit margin may be a little smaller, but it’s entirely doable for them to follow their product from the producer right onto their store shelves.”

The Pulitzer Prize to AP went to an all-woman team. To see our full interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters Robin McDowell and Martha Mendoza, go to democracynow.org.

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