Paris (AFP)

The 82nd Albert Londres Prize, the most prestigious award in French-speaking journalism, was awarded on Saturday to Allan Kaval, reporter for the newspaper Le Monde seriously injured in early October in Nagorno Karabakh, for a series of reports on Syria, the association announced.

The 31-year-old journalist was still hospitalized in follow-up care in Paris on Saturday, two months after being the victim of a bombardment in Nagorno Karabakh (or Nagorno Karabakh), an independentist enclave of Azerbaijan with a majority Armenian, at the center of a conflict murderer this fall.

It was his articles on "Syrian hell", published in October 2019, which earned this specialist in the Middle East the recognition of the jury, particularly seduced by "his portraits imbued with humanity", according to the press release from the Albert Londres association.

Directors Sylvain Louvet and Ludovic Gaillard, 38 and 40 years old respectively, have won the 36th audiovisual award for their documentary "Seven billion suspects", which highlights the dangers of mass surveillance in Nice to China via Israel, broadcast in April on Arte.

The 4th Book Prize was awarded to the 38-year-old traveling writer Cédric Gras for "Stalin's Alpinists" (Stock editions), the result of a two-year investigation into the fate of the Abalakov brothers, who climbed summits to the glory of the USSR before being victims of Stalinist terror.

Health crisis requires, the awards ceremony, postponed from November to December, was held without an audience at the Alliance Française theater in Paris, in the form of a "Live magazine" broadcast live on social networks.

The jury for the Albert Londres Prize, made up of around twenty former winners, is chaired by Hervé Brusini, who took over from Annick Cojean this summer.

Created in 1933 in homage to the French journalist (1884-1932), father of the great modern reportage, the prize is endowed with 3,000 euros for each of the laureates, who must be under 41 years old.

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