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War reporters honored in annual Bayeux awards


News journalists reporting on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the Iraq war, and violence in Africa were honored on Saturday with the annual Bayeux Prize for War Correspondents.

The awards were announced the same day that press advocacy group Reporters Without Borders and the northern French city of Bayeux inaugurated a memorial to some 2,000 journalists and other news media workers killed on the job since World War II.

John Stephenson, of the New Zealand magazine Metro, won the print prize for his reporting on the Iraq war in June last year.

The photography prize was given to Jaafar Astiyeh, of Agence France-Presse, for his photos in the West Bank showing violence between Israelis and Palestinians over the last two years.

Alex Last, of the British Broadcasting Corp, won the radio prize for a report from Nigeria on hostage-taking in the Niger Delta.

Neil Connery, of Britain's ITV, won the television prize for a report on last year's government campaign of mass evictions in Zimbabwe, which the political opposition said was aimed at breaking up their support base among the urban poor.

First place awards include a cash prize of US$9,620. Twenty-eight reports in the print, photo, radio and TV categories were in the running this year.

The Bayeux prizes were first awarded in 1994 to recognize journalists who excel in perilous conditions. Bayeux was one of the first towns liberated from Nazi occupation in the Allied invasion of Normandy in World War II.

The memorial features four white markers etched with the names of journalists, photographers, and camera and sound technicians killed around the world since 1944 -- when Allied soldiers liberated Bayeux.

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