20 The Kim Wall Award 2020

Best story or series of stories on international affairs using creative and dynamic digital storytelling techniques

AWARD DATE: 2020

AWARD NAME: The Kim Wall Award 2020

AWARD RECIPIENTS: Megha Rajagopalan, Alison Killing and Christo Buschek

AWARD RECIPIENT AFFILIATION: BuzzFeed News with support from the Pulitzer Center

AWARD HONORED WORK: “Built to Last”

China has built hundreds of high-security internment camps to incarcerate Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other Muslim minorities while publicly denying the existence of such detention facilities. In an area blacked out on Baidu, the Chinese equivalent of Google maps, BuzzFeed’s use of satellite images proved the existence of more detention facilities than previously known. BuzzFeed’s reporting was notable for its combination of hard-to-source interviews with innovative use of satellite images and 3D visualization. The result was a powerful project that showed conclusively that China is operating a massive and industrialized internment system.

Read the winning work here:

What They Saw: Ex-Prisoners Detail The Horrors Of China’s Detention Camps

China Secretly Built A Vast New Infrastructure To Imprison Muslims

Blanked-Out Spots On China’s Maps Helped Us Uncover Xinjiang’s Camps

Inside A Xinjiang Detention Camp

We Found The Factories Inside China’s Mass Internment Camps

Citation for Excellence:
Martin Stabe, the FT Visual & Data Journalism team and FT Reporters
The Financial Times
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