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Survivor of Mosul blast wins top journalism prize

Survivor of Mosul blast wins top journalism prize

A French journalist who survived a landmine blast in Iraq that killed three of his colleagues last month was awarded France’s highest journalism prize Tuesday.

The jury of the Albert Londres prize praised Samuel Forey of the Figaro newspaper for the “tenderness and humanity” of his coverage of the battle for Mosul.

Forey, 36, was slightly wounded in the explosion a fortnight ago that claimed the lives of three fellow journalists: Veronique Robert of Stephan Villeneuve of France, and Kurdish reporter Bakhtiyar Haddad.

He had been covering Iraqi and Kurdish attempts to take the city from the Islamic State group since last autumn.

The Franco-British reporter David Thomson picked up the inaugural Albert Londres book prize for his investigation into what drives French, Belgian and Tunisian jihadis.  Read more

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