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ï»¿There is a unique memorial located in Bayeux, France, that commemorates all those reporters and journalists killed while carrying out their work across the world since 1944. The City of Bayeux, in collaboration with Reporters Without Borders, inaugurated the first phase of the 'Reporters' Memorial' (Le MÃ©morial des reporters) on 7 October 2006. Seven months later, this unique memorial site was opened in its entirety on 2 May 2007. Conceived, designed and built by landscape architect Samuel Craquelin, the memorial site comprises a well-manicured footpath with 28 stelae on which are engraved the names of more than 2,400 reporters and journalists killed during military conflicts or in the course of their work. Listed among them are eight Canadians who died between 1983 and 2014. The stele for 2017 and the beginning of 2018 was officially unveiled on 11 October 2018 in the presence of Christophe Deloire, General Secretary of Reporters Without Borders, and family members and friends. According to Reporters Without Borders, 65 journalists were killed last year because of their profession or died suspicious deaths.
First town liberated in France, 7 June 1944, Bayeux is home to the MusÃ©e de la Bataille de Normandie and inside the building is an interactive terminal that describes the careers of these reporters and journalists. From 8 to 14 October 2018 Bayeux hosted the 25th edition of the Bayeux-Calvados Awards for War Correspondents (Prix Bayeux-Calvados des correspondants de guerre). This event was originally conceived in 1994 as part of the 50th anniversary of the Normandy landings. Presided by Christiane Amanpour (12 January 1958 - ), British-Iranian journalist and television host, the international jury of 47 professionals awarded on 13 October 2018 seven trophies as well as three special prizes.
On this day, 13 October 2018, we honour the more than 2,400 reporters and journalists that are recorded on the Memorial to Reporters that was unveiled twelve years ago and congratulate the recipients of the 2018 Bayeux-Calvados Awards for War Correspondents.