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Success for FRANCE 24 at international media awards

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2012-11-09

FRANCE 24 had a successful night at the Association of International Broadcasting awards on Wednesday, with journalist Matthieu Mabin (left) earning first prize in the "clearest live news coverage" category for his report on the Libyan uprising.

A FRANCE 24 report on the Libyan uprising scooped a prestigious award from the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) on Wednesday.

Matthieu Mabin's "The Tripoli Brigade" won first prize in the TV category for "clearest live news coverage" and was commended by judges for being "superbly engaging and capturing the real spirit of the moment".

Mabin’s report 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.

The AIB prize comes just weeks after Mabin's report won the prestigious Bayeux-Calvados Award for War Correspondents in the TV long-format category.

There was more success for FRANCE 24 on Wednesday with journalist Romeo Langlois' report on the war on drugs in Colombia coming second in the category for Best international current affairs documentary.

Langlois was kidnapped by FARC guerrillas in April this year while he was making his documentary 'Colombia -Caught in the Crossfire'. He was held captive for over one month before being released in June.

Langlois was praised by judges for "showing a great deal of engagement and overcoming immense personal risks".

The AIB Awards were judged by an independent and international panel of judges consisting of professionals from the broadcasting and wider media industry.

Simon Spanswick, AIB CEO said: "The range of entries in this year’s AIBs was outstanding and our judges had a tremendously challenging time in evaluating and selecting the winners.

"We’ve seen broadcasters investigating hugely important issues both at home and abroad, excellent and courageous journalism, as well as superb coverage of sporting events, all demonstrating high production values. Overall, we’ve seen the best and worst of life portrayed in pictures and sound.”

Date created : 2012-11-08

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