Sunday, August 17, 2008

Rangoon photo gets journalist Pulitzer

Pulitzer for journalist for Rangoon photograph
(Reuters;; Mizzima News, 4/7/08)

Chiang Mai, Thailand -- The photojournalist who snapped pictures of a Japanese video cameraman being shot to death by a Burmese soldier during the Saffron Revolution has won the Pulitzer Prize for his work.

Kenji Nagai of APF tries to take photographs as he lies injured after police and military officials fired upon and then charged at protesters in Yangon's city center September 27, 2007. Nagai, 50, a Japanese video journalist, was shot by soldiers as they fired to disperse the crowd. Nagai later died (REUTERS/Adrees Latif).

The Pulitzer Prize Board awarded Reuters News Agency photographer Adrees Latif on Monday for his photograph of the Japanese sprawled on the pavement, after being fatally shot during the uprising by Buddhist monks and Burmese people against the authroitarian military junta in September of 2007.
Saffron Revolution, Burma 2007 (fortwaynesaffron)

According to Reuters, Adrees Latif entered Yangon on September, 23, 2007. "Two minutes later, the shooting started. My eye caught a person flying backwards through the air. Instinctively, I started photographing, capturing four frames of the man on his back," Reuters quoted Latif as saying.

Saffron Revolution (US Campaign for

"The entry point of the bullet is clear in the first frame, with a soldier in flip flops standing over the man and pointing a rifle. In the second frame, the man is reaching over to try and film." The photographs of the killing taken by some local and foreign photojournalists were spread across the world media.

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