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FRANCE 24 wins award for coverage of Libyan conflict
The 19th Bayeux-Calvados Award for War Correspondents in the TV long-format category was awarded to FRANCE 24’s Matthieu Mabin at a ceremony Saturday night for his report on the Libyan uprising.
FRANCE 24 correspondent Matthieu Mabin won the prestigious Bayeux-Calvados Award for War Correspondents in the TV long-format category at a ceremony in the northwestern city of Bayeux Saturday night.
Mabin’s report, “The Tripoli Brigade” followed a group of Libyan expatriates who came together during the 2011 uprising against Muammar Gaddafi. “The Tripoli Brigade” followed the fighters during their final assault on the Libyan capital of Tripoli last August. (Click here for Part I and here for Part II of the report.)
“I am very touched, very moved [to receive this award] before a distinguished jury and journalists who have helped enlighten the world -- and France -- about events on the international agenda in recent years,” said Mabin shortly after receiving the award Saturday night.
“The story, at least at FRANCE 24, is a team effort,” added Mabin. “I have never been alone in Libya, I am always with a team. This brigade that I followed was spotted by a journalist from FRANCE 24’s Arabic division. He pointed them out and we were able to run this report.”
Syrian conflict dominates the awards
This year’s competition was dominated by the Syrian crisis, with correspondents for Spanish newspaper El Mundo, Agence France-Presse, BBC News and CNN winning prizes in various categories.
El Mundo’s Javier Espinosa won the print prize for his coverage of the Syrian conflict. The other laureates included Jeremy Bowen of BBC News and CNN's Nic Robertson. The photography prize went to AFP photo journalist Aris Messinis, who covered the battle of Sirte in Libya.
The prize for web journalism went to the Huffington Post's 10-part series "Beyond the Battlefield" by David Wood.
Ed Ou of Getty images was awarded the young reporter prize for his work on the Egyptian revolution.
This year’s international jury was headed by Gilles Peress, a renowned French photojournalist who has covered the conflicts in Northern Ireland, the former Yugoslavia as well as the 1979 Iranian Revolution.