FRANCE 24 journalist wins UN Correspondents award for 'Timbuktu Revisited'

FRANCE 24 screen grab | François Rihouay receives the Ricardo Ortega award in New York City on December 15.

FRANCE 24 journalist François Rihouay was awarded the 2017 Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize for broadcast journalism on Friday for his video report “Timbuktu Revisited”. The prize is one of the UN Correspondents Association awards.


Rihouay's report looked at how the northern Mali city of Timbuktu, known as the "gateway to the Sahara", is recovering after nine months of occupation by both Tuareg rebel groups and Islamist militants. French and Malian armies retook control of the city in January 2013.

The accolade is one of the UN Correspondents Association awards for best media coverage of the United Nations, its agencies or UN field operations. It was named in honour of Ricardo Ortega, a correspondent for Spain's Antena 3 TV who died while on assignment in Haiti in 2004. 

Click on the player below to watch “Timbuktu Revisited”:

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