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AP Wins Two RFK Journalism Awards

An investigation exposing widespread abuse in the palm oil industry and searing photos of Ethiopians fleeing war earned The Associated Press two Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards on Thursday.

AP investigative reporters Margie Mason and Robin McDowell won the RFK Journalism Award for International Print for a series of stories that uncovered the exploitation of an invisible workforce of millions of men, women, and children from some of the poorest corners of Asia.

AP used U.S. Customs records and data to trace the oil harvested by workers to major brands such as Nestle, Unilever, Kellogg’s, and PepsiCo, prompting the U.S. government to ban shipments from two major Malaysian palm oil producers.

Cairo-based photographer Nariman El-Mofty earned the RFK Journalism Award for International Photography for gripping images of Ethiopians fleeing war following months of tensions between Ethiopia’s government and its Tigray region.

El-Mofty’s images illustrate the experience of thousands of Ethiopians seeking refuge in Sudan, taking with them donkeys, beds, motorcycles, and colorful cloths to drape over pipes to create shelters.

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