Washington Post, NYT win Pulitzers for probes of powerful people

(Top, left) This photo of inmates at a Manila police station, watching drug suspects being processed after their arrests, was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo essay by photographer Daniel Berehulak. (Left) New York Times executive editor Dean B
(Above) This photo of inmates at a Manila police station, watching drug suspects being processed after their arrests, was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo essay by photographer Daniel Berehulak. PHOTOS: NYTIMES
(Top, left) This photo of inmates at a Manila police station, watching drug suspects being processed after their arrests, was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo essay by photographer Daniel Berehulak. (Left) New York Times executive editor Dean B
(Above) New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet celebrating the publication's awards for breaking news photography, feature writing and international reporting.PHOTOS: NYTIMES

NEW YORK • Pulitzer Prizes have been awarded to The Washington Post for hard-hitting reporting on Mr Donald Trump's presidential campaign, and The New York Times for revealing Russian President Vladimir Putin's covert power grab - praising their probing of powerful people despite a hostile climate for the news media.

Mr David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post on Monday won the national reporting award for what the Pulitzer board called "a model for transparent journalism" that cast doubt on Mr Trump's assertions of charitable generosity.

The New York Times staff won the international reporting award for "agenda-setting" coverage of Mr Putin's efforts to project Russian power abroad, including assassinations and online harassment.

A haunting portrait of a violent drug crackdown in the Philippines won a Pulitzer for freelance photographer Daniel Berehulak, whose searing New York Times photo essay was titled They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals.

The Pulitzers, the most prestigious honour in American journalism, have been awarded since 1917. This year, there were 21 categories in journalism, the arts and letters.

The New York Daily News and ProPublica, a Web-based platform specialising in investigative journalism, won the prize for public service journalism, for coverage of New York police abuse that forced mostly poor minorities from their homes. Other winners included an international consortium of more than 300 reporters on six continents exposing the so-called Panama Papers, detailing the hidden infrastructure and global scale of offshore tax havens used by the high and mighty.

In the music category, China-born composer Du Yun won the Pulitzer for Angel's Bone, an experimental opera that explores the psychology behind human trafficking.

Du, who was born in China and immigrated to the United States, said she wrote the opera in part out of frustration over the lack of understanding of immigration.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 12, 2017, with the headline 'Washington Post, NYT win Pulitzers for probes of powerful people'. Print Edition | Subscribe