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The 27th edition of the Bayeux Calvados-Normandy War Correspondents Prize on Saturday devoted a report on displaced people from Syria and a report on the Uyghurs. 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.
The 27th edition of Bayeux War Correspondents Award devoted, Saturday, October 10, a report on civilians displaced from Syria, produced for Arte, in large format category, and a subject on Uyghurs, in China, for the BBC, awarded in short format television.
The “best” job in any category is a report on the millions of Syrian civilians coming from former opposition strongholds and trapped in the Idleb region, in the north-west of the country, between the closed Turkish border and the offensives of the country. regime and its Russian ally, said the chairman of the international jury Ed Vulliamy, Irish reporter for the Guardian and The Observer. “It is treated through the eyes of a Syrian journalist who returns to her country and that of a Muslim woman,” a humanitarian, he said.
This Syrian reporter “speaks for the hundreds of millions of people around the world who do not know if they will ever see their families, their homes,” he insisted during the award ceremony.
“Yemen: at forced march” for Arte / France 24 wins the video image prize
In the Idleb region, “there are four million civilians today”, told AFP Suzanne Allant, who signs with Yamaan Khatib and Fadi Al-Halabi this report entitled “Syria, in the trap of Idleb “. “They lack everything, housing, food, care because hospitals have been bombed,” she added during the ceremony
“In the film we see that in a war a lot of things happen that have nothing to do with the war, such as singing” for example, said Ed Vulliamy.
The jury was divided equally between this report and “Yemen: à marche forcée” by Olivier Jobard (Magnéto Presse) for Arte / France 24, which finally won the video image prize. The president of the jury ruled, after having consulted big names in international reporting, and voted a second time for “in the Idlib trap”, he explained during the ceremony.
The other major report on this list is entitled “The Uyghur Families” by John Sudworth and Wang Xiping for the BBC. He won the prize in short format television. “This is a fantastic, very expensive report, produced both from Turkey, Kazakhstan and China (…) on the abomination” of Uyghur children deprived of their parents by China, “said the president. from the jury to AFP.
The subject of the Uyghurs, “one of the major subjects of our century”
“It is one of the major subjects of our century, with the attacks on the environment, namely the eradication of the indigenous populations. Here the eradication by China of the identity of children (Uyghur) replaced by an identity repulsive monocultural, Marxist-Leninist, “he continues. It shows “a China which is the worst of capitalism and the worst of communism and which we would not have allowed to do under the cold war. But today it is the money that counts and nothing is done” , laments Ed Vulliamy.
In radio, the prize recognizes Sonia Ghezali and Wahlah Shahzaïb, for their report for RFI, “Afghanistan: after the attack on the MSF maternity hospital”. “It’s a wonderful report with a real feeling of being there and a real atmospheric soundtrack,” said Ed Vulliamy.
In the photo, the international jury prize rewards “The Longest War”, devoted to the Taliban in Afghanistan, by Lorenzo Tugnoli of the Italian agency Contrasto, for the Washington Post. “Having access to the Taliban is incredibly difficult. And aesthetically” the report evokes Caravaggio, added the president of the jury.
In the written press, the prize is awarded to Allan Kaval, from Le Monde, for “In northeastern Syria, the slow death of jihadist prisoners”. This report also won the West-France written press award. The journalist was hospitalized in Paris on Saturday after being quite seriously injured in Nagorno-Karabakh.
The Audience Award went to AFP’s Anthony Wallace for a photo report titled “Hong Kong, a People’s Revolt”.
The other highlight of this 27th edition was, according to Ed Vulliamy, the tribute paid Thursday to the Bayeux War Reporters Memorial by AFP’s director of photography, Marielle Eudes, to the Yemeni videographer who collaborated with the Agency, Nabil Hasan al-Quaety, 34 years old. This father of young children was killed in June.