Pulitzer Center Update

This Week: Europe Slams Its Gates

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Detainees from West Africa peer out of their overcrowded cell in the al-Nasr detention center in Zawiya, Libya, where migrants intercepted by the Coast Guard in Zawiya are warehoused indefinitely. Image by Peter Tinti. Libya, 2017.

Detainees from West Africa peer out of their overcrowded cell in the al-Nasr detention center in Zawiya, Libya, where migrants intercepted by the Coast Guard in Zawiya are warehoused indefinitely. Image by Peter Tinti. Libya, 2017.

Turning Migrants into a Commodity

Ty McCormick, Cameron Abadi, Peter Tinti, Nichole Sobecki, and Jill Filipovic

More than 2,500 people have died this year trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. The crisis has spurred an aggressive European security response, and an attempt to counter the "root causes" of migration by promoting economic development in the poorest African countries. A special online package from Foreign Policy suggests those efforts are backfiring. Development projects are failing, and even if successful, better jobs and income can actually increase migratory pressures. European inducements to block migration from Libya, meanwhile, have fostered a situation where "migrants have become a commodity to be captured, sold, traded, and leveraged."

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William Brangham (front) and Jason Kane (back) deliver the team's acceptance speech at the 38th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards.

William Brangham (front) and Jason Kane (back) deliver the team's acceptance speech at the 38th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards.

An Emmy for “The End of AIDS?”​

The PBS NewsHour project “The End of AIDS?” won the 38th annual Emmy for Outstanding Science, Medical, and Environmental Reporting. The six-part series, a collaboration with the Pulitzer Center and Science, also won the top broadcast reporting award from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

 

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A monk takes a selfie in Yangon. Image by Doug Bock Clark. Myanmar, 2017.

A monk takes a selfie in Yangon. Image by Doug Bock Clark. Myanmar, 2017.

Tech-Fueled Disruption in Myanmar

Doug Bock Clark

What happens when Myanmar, one of the most isolated countries in the world, gets internet access almost overnight? As Doug Bock Clark reports for Wired, it’s highly disruptive—and can serve to spread hatred and violence.