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Veteran Filipino journalist wins Pulitzer prize



By Roy Mabasa

A Filipino journalist shared the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting with two other colleagues from Reuters for coming out with a series which revealed how police are conducting the bloody drug crackdown in the Philippines.

The Pulitzer board awarded the international reporting prize to Filipino journalist Manuel Mogato and two other Reuters reporters, Clare Baldwin and Andrew R.C. Marshall for their “relentless reporting that exposed the brutal killing campaign behind Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.”

Filipino journalist Manuel Mogato (right) (MANILA BULLETIN)

Filipino journalist Manuel Mogato (right)

The Pulitzers, the most prestigious honors in American journalism, have been awarded since 1917.

Last March, “Duterte’s War” by Mogato, Baldwin, and Marshall also won in the Investigations category, as well as being selected by Amnesty for the Outstanding Impact Award, a new award chosen from across all nominations to recognize journalism that has helped bring about important human rights change. The coverage impressed the judges with “brave reporting that provided key evidence in the campaign against the killings.”

Likewise, the ‘Duterte’s War’ series which reported on the links between President Duterte and police assassination squads, was recently named the winner of an Overseas Press Club Award for Best Investigative Reporting.

A journalist for more than 30 years in the Philippines, Mogato has been the political and general news correspondent of Thomson Reuters in Manila for the last 13 years, covering politics, disasters, insurgencies, security and international diplomacy.

He has also won recognition in Reuters Journalist of the Year award as a part of a reporting team that was a finalist for a corruption story on a casino deal in Manila.

Mogato was also cited as a finalist for the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) in 2013 for the coverage of Typhoon Haiyan, known as Super Typhoon Yolanda and in 2017 for the drugs war and the Human Rights Press awards for Duterte’s drug war in 2017. He is the 2017 Marshall McLuhan fellow awarded by the Canadian embassy in Manila

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