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Pulitzer Center Update April 21, 2020

'The Hour of Lynching' Wins Digital Storytelling Award


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Image courtesy of Amit Madheshiya and Shirley Abraham.

Returning home after buying two milch cows, dairy farmer Rakbar Khan was lynched by a mob of “cow...

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Image by Amit Madheshiya and Shirley Abraham. India, 2019.
Image by Amit Madheshiya and Shirley Abraham. India, 2019.

On April 16, 2020, the World Press Photo Foundation announced that 'The Hour of Lynching: Vigilante Violence in India,' a Pulitzer Center-supported documentary by grantees Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya, was awarded 3rd Prize in the "Long" category of the 2020 World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest.

'The Hour of Lynching,' published in The Guardian, tells the story of Rakbar Khan, a Muslim dairy farmer killed by Hindu cow vigilantes in India, where 47 people have been murdered between May 2014 and April 2019 in cow-related hate crimes—a majority of the victims were Muslim. Set during the forest fire of mob lynchings of Muslims, the film explores the meaning and resurgence of this primordial violence in contemporary India.

The World Press Photo Foundation recognizes productions enabled by advancements in technology in its Digital Storytelling Contest. For a full list of winners, visit the World Press Photo's website.


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