Success at Prix Bayeux-Calvados awards

Emma-Jane Kirby and Mike Thomson at the Prix Bayeux-Calvados awards Emma-Jane Kirby and Mike Thomson at the Prix Bayeux-Calvados awards

The BBC took first and second prizes in the radio category at the prestigious International Prix Bayeux-Calvados War Correspondent Awards at the weekend at an event held in Bayeux.

Emma-Jane Kirby won first prize for The Optician, a piece originally broadcast on Radio 4's PM programme and based on her interview with an Italian man who rescued many migrants from the Mediterranean Sea at the Italian island of Lampedusa. The programme shows how many Italians have been touched by the thousands of people arriving on their shores.

Second prize went to Mike Thomson for his piece entitled Femicide, which was broadcast on the Today programme and exposed the appalling scale of violence against women in Mexico.

Speaking about the award, Mike Thomson said: "I'm delighted that Emma Jane's work and mine have been recognised in this way.

"There is something unique about the prestigious Prix Bayeux-Calvados Awards. Not just the extraordinary hospitality of the people of Bayeux and the tremendous journalism around you but also the tributes to those who have told us their stories.

"In my case a grieving mother in Mexico whose daughter was brutally murdered. She wanted the world to know what is happening to so many women there. This will certainly help."

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