1. SOUNDBITE (English) Dana Canedy, Pulitzer Prize Administrator
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"For international reporting, the prize is awarded to, Maggie Michael, Maad al-Zikry and Nariman El-Mofty of The Associated Press for a revelatory year-long series detailing the atrocities of the war in Yemen, including theft of food aid, deployment of child soldiers and torture of prisoners."
2. STILL composite photos of AP's Pultzer winner, from left, videographer Maad al-Zikry, reporter Maggie Michael and photographer Nariman El-Mofty. The team won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting for their work documenting torture, graft and starvation in Yemen's brutal civil war.
Taiz,Yemen - 25 January 2018
3. Various of fighting
Hajjah, Yemen - 25 August 2018
4. Various of children suffering from severe malnutrition at al-Thalouth health center
New York - April 15, 2019
5. Various of Associated Press journalists watching Pulitzer announcement in newsroom
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Sally Buzbee, AP Executive Editor
"We are keenly aware that this coverage that we won for today is about a humanitarian disaster, a humanitarian disaster that we now hope the world is paying closer attention to, in part, at least, because of our strong coverage. As such, we chose today, at the request of the journalists involved, to not break out the champagne in honor of that reality. We will be celebrating, but we will be celebrating in the knowledge that what we do is tell the world what is going on, trying to shine a light on terrible situations so that the world can decide how to respond."
7. Associated Press journalists watching Pulitzer announcement in newsroom
8. APJournalists watching video conference
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Gary Pruitt, AP President and CEO
"I want to congratulate the Yemen team for this well-deserved recognition. And, of course, I, like everyone in AP admire their work greatly. The team exemplifies the very best in journalism. Outstanding talent, of course, but also tenacity humanity, and courage in telling this horrific story. And let's not forget that these journalists risked their lives to inform the world of this horrific war."
Sanaa, Yemen - 2 June 2018
10. Various of boys at Houthi rally
New York - April 15, 2019
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Gary Pruitt, AP President and CEO
"I want to say that I feel fortunate to be your colleague and I feel very proud to work at the Associated Press. Thank you."
New York - April 15, 2019
12. Pan of Associated Press journalists watching Pulitzer announcement in newsroom
13. Associated Press journalists clapping
14. Video conference on television showing Maad al-Zikry, right screen, and Maggie Michael, second from left on left screen, sitting with colleagues
A team of three Associated Press journalists won a Pulitzer Prize in international reporting Monday for their work documenting torture, graft and starvation in Yemen's brutal civil war.
Reporter Maggie Michael, photographer Nariman El-Mofty and video journalist Maad al-Zikry spent a year uncovering atrocities and suffering in Yemen, shining a light on a conflict largely ignored by the American public.
In a series of stories, they told of how famished people in parts of Yemen were reduced to eating leaves to stay alive while corrupt officials diverted international food aid.
Their reports documented civilian casualties of a U.S. drone campaign, drew attention to the presence of child soldiers on the front lines and showed evidence of torture by both Houthi rebels and U.S.-backed forces.
For one report, Michaels managed to interview seven torture victims while they were still being held prisoner.
Their images and stories, gathered at times under dangerous conditions, made a difference.
At least 80 prisoners were released from secret detention sites controlled by the United Arab Emirates after one of their reports. A Houthi leader ordered an investigation of rebel-run prisons, saying that torture was "unforgivable."
The United Nations rushed food and medicine to areas where the AP revealed that people were starving and threatened to cut off aid to Houthi-controlled areas unless corrupt food diversions stopped.
"AP's groundbreaking work in Yemen has drawn the world's attention to one of the worst tragedies of our time," said AP's executive editor, Sally Buzbee. "Yemen is one of the most dangerous places in the world to report. And yet, again and again, this team braved those dangers to tell stories that the world heard from no other source, and with extraordinary detail."
To do their work, the three journalists had to travel through dangerous areas, avoid groups angered by their reporting and work to protect the people who spoke with them from danger. The AP pulled Al-Zikry from Yemen in late 2018 because it was concerned about his safety, a step it had also taken in 2017.
The AP's investigative reporting on the war in Yemen in 2018 was supported by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were also awarded a Pulitzer in international reporting for an investigation of a massacre of Rohingya men and boys in a village in Myanmar.
They were arrested by the Myanmar government during the course of their reporting and sentenced to seven years in prison.
The prizes were announced in New York at Columbia University.
Michael, an Egyptian based in Cairo, joined the AP in 2002. She has covered political and religious conflict in the Middle East and, as part of AP's investigations team, has written about civilian casualties in Iraq.
Nariman Ayman El-Mofty is a Canadian-Egyptian photographer.
She worked first as a photo editor, then since 2016 as a photographer covering Egypt, Yemen and other parts of the Mideast.
Al-Zikry is a Yemeni video journalist who has spent years chronicling the war and its horrors. His photograph of an emaciated infant dying at a hospital in 2016 helped bring world attention to starvation in Yemen.
They worked closely with editor Lee Keath, based in Cairo, who has covered the Middle East for the AP since 2005.
The Pulitzer covers the AP's work on Yemen in 2018, but the team has continued its reporting. Earlier this month, Michael revealed that Yemen's cholera epidemic has been worsened by corruption.
This is the AP's 53rd Pulitzer overall. The last came in 2016, when the news organization won a Pulitzer for public service for an investigation of enslaved fishermen in Southeast Asia.
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