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The Albert Londres Prize presented in Brussels (update)

The three winners of the Albert Londres Prize
The three winners of the Albert Londres Prize

(B2) Our colleagues from the Albert Londres Prize officially presented the 2015 Albert Londres Prize this Saturday in Brussels, at the Royal Academy of French Language and Literature. The desire for the entire jury team was to follow in the footsteps of 'Albert Londres – who had come to Antwerp – to meet Belgian colleagues (they were received by RTBF or the daily Le Soir) but also to discover a little of the European world. “ We discovered staggering, complex, poorly communicated institutions…” noted Annick Cojean, senior reporter at Le Monde and president of the jury.

A warm ceremony, full of friendship and emotion as well. Because the three winners symbolize, each in their own way, a full and complete journalistic commitment. And Annick Cojean's message was also intended to be very committed to this “Charlie year”. She wanted to greet "the Belgian law protecting journalists' sources, a model of its kind ". But she also showed concern “ At a time when Europe intends to legislate on the protection of sources, business secrecy and whistleblowers” (Also read: Trade secrets … the return. Attention danger ! (*)

Syria and the Jihadists

the smile was on everyone’s lips… (NGV / B2)

The “Print Press” prize this year went to Luc Mathieu, journalist at Liberation, for a set of reports and portraits dealing with those who are victims of jihad, those who fight it and those who do it. Luc had moving words calling on everyone not to forget what is happening in Syria,“ an unprecedented conflict », with areas where it is no longer “only” dangerous to go but where it can be assured death, the Islamic State being determined not to let journalists report what is happening. “ It's important not to let this country drift without saying so ". He " must continue, despite everything, to go there “, continue to deal with this Syrian news, he urged us. " Do not abandon ».

Torture on Eritrean Refugees

The “Audiovisual Prize” goes to two adventurers, Cecile Allegra and Delphine Deloget for their documentary “Voyage en barbarie”, broadcast on Public Senate (it returns next Monday at 12:30 p.m. and then all week in replay) for their report on the fate of Eritreans in Sinai, in migrant camps. “ Real camps, where torture is practiced,” to put pressure on migrants. An “absolute evil”, denounced Cécile Allegra, who intends to continue to follow the subject. This report “takes its time. There may be lengths. But we wanted to give the floor to people, she justified. For the jury, it was like a reminder. " Albert Londres had denounced the scourge of slavery in his time, the scandal of human trafficking still exists in the XNUMXst century ».

To see the report, click here (on Telerama)

Dare to be unique, dare to be bold

In conclusion, Annick Cojean encouraged each journalist to " to dare singularity, audacity, all possible escapades, to refuse sycophancy... to keep (also) a taste for writing ". Because that’s also journalism, "literature in a hurry ". Or as Albert Londres said:

“I remain convinced that a journalist is not an altar boy and that his role does not consist of preceding the processions, his hand immersed in a basket of rose petals. Our job is not to please, nor to do harm, it is to rub the pen in the wound.”

What more can be said…


(shift) Sun 31.5. supplemented with quotes from the various winners and the president of the jury

(*) On this subject, read also:

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).