It is in the heart of the large auditorium of the François-Mitterrand library, in Paris, in the presence of the Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot, that Caroline Hayek became the 83rd holder of the Albert-Londres Prize, Monday 15 November in the early evening. The jury rewarded this Franco-Lebanese journalist for her finely composed reports on life in Lebanon after the double explosion that devastated the port and the city of Beirut and caused the death of at least 214 people on August 4, 2020.
Posted in L’Orient-Le Jour, they are also the occasion to ” to honor “ this publication, born in 1924, welcomes the president of the jury, the former journalist of France Télévisions Hervé Brusini. Independent, Caroline Hayek is also a columnist for RTBF and correspondent for the magazine L’Express.
In the audiovisual category, Alex Gohari and Léo Mattei are awarded the 37e award for their film On the Line. The expelled from America. Broadcast on France 2 and Public Senate, their documentary tells the heartbreaking fate of three Mexicans living for a long time in the United States but returned to Tijuana by the American administration.
“Complexity of the world”
A creative work that punctuates the work that the two reporters have been carrying out on site, for five years, on the journey of South American migrants, produced by the Brotherfilms company, itself often awarded (the film Daraya, the library under the bombs, by Delphine Minoui – Albert-Londres prize in the written press category in 2006 – and Bruno Joucla thus received the Figra grand prize in 2019).
Finally, the fifth prize of the book goes to Emilienne Malfatto, for The snakes will come for you (Les Arènes, 144 pages, 15 euros). In this survey of a “Very high literary quality”, freelance journalist and photojournalist (she worked at The viewer, in Bogota, then to Agence France-Presse) retraces the existence and the course of the Colombian Maritza, mother of six children murdered, like many “Social leaders”, in the general indifference of a country plagued by cocaine trafficking.
These three works “Illustrate, each in their own way, very current issues that are troubling French society”, underlines Hervé Brusini, for whom Albert-London is the opportunity “To promote reportage, a journalistic genre which makes it possible to tackle the complexity of the world, far from gestures which are confined to aligning figures or commentary”.
Caroline Hayek, Alex Gohari, Léo Mattei and Emilienne Malfatto succeed Allan Kaval (The world), Sylvain Louvet and Ludovic Gaillard (Capa France), as well as Cédric Gras (Stalin’s mountaineers, Stock).