SA-born Peter Hirschberg wins Pulitzer for reportage on Philippines drug war

South African-born reporter Peter Hirschberg is one of the many winners to accept a 2018 Pulitzer Prize this week.

The Pulitzer Prize is a prestigious award which recognises excellence in newspaper journalism, literary achievements and musical composition.

He and others were honoured at an award ceremony held at Columbia University in New York City on Wednesday.

Hirschberg and his colleagues at news agency Reuters won the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting for coverage of Rodrigo Duterte's drug war.

Hirschberg is the Asia Investigative Editor at Reuters and is currently based in Sydney, Australia.

He describes the dangerous nature of their work investigating the drug war in the Philippines.

For the last two year the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has been waging a war on drugs.

Peter Hirschberg, Asia Investigative Editor at Reuters

The police are essentially executing and killing small-time pushers and users in the slums of the Philippines.

Peter Hirschberg, Asia Investigative Editor at Reuters

There's no real attempt to go after the drug lords. Thousands of people have been killed.

Peter Hirschberg, Asia Investigative Editor at Reuters

It's a dangerous story to report on. We've done a series of stories and identified members of a death squad by name.

Peter Hirschberg, Asia Investigative Editor at Reuters

Listen to him describe his reporting and the importance of his work:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : SA-born Peter Hirschberg wins Pulitzer for reportage on Philippines drug war


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