May 27 - Tahrir Square: “Second Day of Rage”. Image by Sharif Kouddous. Egypt, 2011.
Wow! So much great new reporting, how will we share it all with you?
On Monday, we launched a new project aptly titled, Egypt: The Revolution Continues since, you know, the revolution continues.
After covering the Egyptian uprising, former Democracy Now! senior producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous is back in Egypt to report on the country’s struggle for democracy. He just published a piece on the fight for press freedom in a-Mubarak Egypt in The Nation.
“We have to ensure that the media is a part of the struggle to democratize our society in parallel to our efforts to democratize the government.”
-Hossam Bahgat, executive director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights
We’ll keep sharing new reporting from some great new projects, but as always, check our website pulitzercenter.org for more
That’s okay. We’re journalists, we understand.
Grant applications for West African journalists interested in the water and sanitation reporting project are due tonight. We’ve had some great apps in so far, and hope to see yours too.
If you have questions, feel free to write or tweet (@pulitzercenter) us. French, English, Arabic, Spanish and conversational Swahili operators standing by.
Maura and the Pulitzer team.
Below is an amazing collection of images and insight from war photographers, reblogged from The Guardian. Warning: contains some graphic images.
“I always ask myself, “Why do I do this job?’ And the answer is: I want to show the best and worst face of humankind. Every time you go to a conflict, you see the worst.” -Alvaro Ybarra Zavala, Congo, 2008.
Photograph: Adam Ferguson/VII Network
A special report looking at the work of war photographers and asking who would choose this dangerous profession?
“There’s so little hope in North Korea—that’s why [crystal meth] is becoming popular. People have given up.”
Isaac Stone Fish, Beijing correspondent for Newsweek is in Yanji, China—a remote border town gaining notoriety for its burgeoning cross-border meth trade. The meth trade is a tangled web of politics and diplomacy, porous borders, decades of economic stagnation and systemic marginalization.
Isaac Stone Fish reports on this complex story for a newly launched Pulitzer Center project on North Korea’s Addicting Export: Crystal Meth.
Pulitzer Center journalist Tracey Eaton launched a new website, Cuba Money Project, which seeks to track the tens of millions of dollars the US is spending to promote democracy programs in Cuba.
I interviewed Cuban bloggers, dissidents and human rights activists. Their impression was that only a small fraction of the money—no more than 10 percent by conservative estimates—reaches democracy activists on the island.
Several dissidents scoffed when I told them that the U.S. government was spending $20 million per year on democracy programs.
An ongoing effort, Eaton has compiled dozens of video interviews with policy experts, Cuban dissidents and others on the project’s Vimeo channel.
Read more about the US government’s efforts to bolster Cuba’s pro-democracy movement — Cuba: The Battle for Hearts and Minds
Image by Anna Sussman, Istanbul, Turkey, 2011.
In Turkey, 13% of the population is disabled, but walking around the streets of Istanbul, one would never know. Instead, the disabled are often hidden away because of their families’ shame and a lack of adequate care facilities.
“Families with disabled children are praying for their kids to die before them, because they have no support systems. They are very scared about who will take care of their kids, and how their kids will have a dignified life after they die.”
-Şafak Pavey, a disabled Turkish Parliament member
Despite a number of human rights groups leading advocacy campaign, maltreatment and stigma remain common. Anna Sussman explores the myriad challenges disabled persons must navigate in Turkey, including prejudice and political maneuverings.