Albert-London 2021 Prize of print media returns to Caroline Hayek, a journalist in “The Orient-The Day”

Alex Gohari and Léo Mattei seize the distinction in the audiovisual category, and Emilienne Malfatto the one who crowns surveys published in the edition.


It is at the heart of the great auditorium of the François-Mitterrand Library, in Paris, in the presence of the Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot, that Caroline Hayek became the eighty-third Albert-London Prizeholder Monday, November 15 at the beginning of the evening. The jury rewarded this Franco-Lebanese journalist for his finely composed reports on life in Lebanon after the double explosion that ravaged the port and the city of Beirut and caused the death of at least 214 people, on August 4, 2020.
Published in the east-day, they are also an opportunity to “put in 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 columnist for the RTBF and corresponding for the express magazine.

In the Audiovisual category, Alex Gohari and Leo Mattei are awarded the 37 e price for their film on the line. Expellers from America. Distributed on France 2 and Public Senate, their documentary tells the heartbreaking destiny of three long-standing Mexicans in the United States but referred to Tijuana by the US administration.

“Complexity of the world”

A work of creation that punctuates the work that the two reporters operate on the spot, for the past five years, on the course of South American migrants, produced by the company Brotherfilms, itself often rewarded (the film Daraya, the library Under the bombs, from Delphine Minoui – Albert-London Awards in the category Press written in 2006 – and Bruno Joucla received the Figra Grand Prix in 2019).

Finally, the fifth prize of the book returns to Emilienne Malfatto, for snakes will come for you (the arenas, 144 pages, 15 euros). In this survey of a “very high literary quality”, the independent journalist and photojournalist (she worked in El Espectador, Bogota, then at the France-Presse agency) traces the existence and course of Colombian Maritza, Mother of six murdered children, like many “social leaders”, in the general indifference of a gangrenated country by cocaine trafficking.

These three works “illustrate, each in their own way, very current problems that agitate French society,” says Hervé Brusini, for whom Albert-London is the opportunity “to promote reporting, journalistic genre that allows to address the complexity of the world, far from the gestures that are confined to aligning figures or comment “.

Caroline Hayek, Alex Gohari, Leo Mattei and Emilienne Malfatto succeed Allan Kaval (Le Monde), Sylvain Louvet and Ludovic Gaillard (Capa France), as well as Cédric Gras (Stalin mountaineers, stock).

/Media reports.