Bayeux Prize: reports from Afghanistan, Yemen and Burma rewarded

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The Bayeux Prize, which pays tribute to journalists exercising their profession in perilous conditions, unveiled its prize list on Saturday, October 9.

The Bayeux War Correspondents Prize was awarded on Saturday 9 October to reports broadcast by the German weekly Zeit Magazin in the written press, The New York Times in photos, Europe 1 on radio and the BBC on TV. Created in 1994, the event aims to pay tribute to journalists exercising their profession in perilous conditions, in order to allow access to free information.

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An anonymous winner, a first

For the first time in the history of the Prize, of which it is the 28e edition, the name of a winner remains anonymous for his safety. It is about a Burmese rewarded in photo for “The Spring Revolution” carried out in his country and published by the New York Times.

“We all agreed [pour attribuer le prix dans la catégorie photo à ce reportage publié par le New York Times, et réalisé par un professionnel]”, told AFP the president of the jury of the 28e Prix ​​Bayeux, the great Franco-Iranian reporter Manoocher Deghati.

The jury wanted to highlight “the conditions in which work (in Burma, editor’s note) very young photographers, professionals or amateurs, and the importance of the subject”, added its president, who had to flee his country in 1985. origin, Iran, where his life was threatened.

Analyze the Taliban’s strategy

In the written press, Wolfgang Bauer, born in 1970, received both the International Jury Prize, chaired by the great Franco-Iranian reporter Manoocher Deghati, and the Ouest-France Jean Marin Prize. Already crowned in Bayeux in 2016 for a report in Nigeria, he is this time rewarded for an article published by the German newspaper Zeit Magazin, “Among Taliban” (“Among the Taliban”).

It is a report which “analyzes well the strategy of the Taliban”, their advance “kilometer by kilometer”, “village by village” from the mountains where they were withdrawn since 2001, explained to AFP the president of the jury Manoocher Deghati.

Bosnians Damir Sagolj and Danis Tanovic win both the Large Format TV category and the Video Image category. They are rewarded for “When we were them” (“When we were them”) a report with “a lot of means”, according to the president of the jury, on the thousands of migrants lost in the north of Bosnia-Herzegovina and broadcast on Al Jazeera Balkans. Journalists spent “months and months” in the field, said Manoocher Deghati.

“It’s filmed like in the cinema. We had a debate on that. Some people said ‘it’s more cinema’ [que du reportage ndlr]. But in my opinion it gives more value “to the subject, he argued.

In radio, the International Jury Prize is awarded to Margaux Benn for “In Kandahar, entire villages have become mined lands”, a report broadcast on Europe 1 which also allows “understanding” of the Taliban’s strategy.

On TV, it is attributed to Orla Guerin and Goktay Koraltan for “Snipers in Yemen” broadcast on the BBC. They also receive the high school student prize. “It’s an incredible story of snipers who shoot children,” noted the president of the jury.

Underground journalism in Belarus

The Young Reporter Prize (written press) was won by Thomas D’Istria for “Revolution in the last dictatorship of Europe”, a report in Belarus published by Le Monde. The winner is a student who spent a year in underground journalism. “We appreciated his courage in being able to remain underground for a year and get his information out,” Manoocher Deghati explained.

The audience award goes to Abu Mustafa Ibraheem of Reuters for “Gaza: 11 days of bombing”.

Manoocher Deghati chaired a jury of around forty journalists, French and British. The prices are 3,000 or 7,000 euros depending on the category.

With AFP

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Bayeux Prize: reports from Afghanistan, Yemen and Burma rewarded