We present the II Premi Mediterrani Albert Camus Incipiens, a prize focused on journalistic creation and research in its utter Camusian sense; where journalism does not serve those who present the story, but gives voice to those who are the story.
Nominations were submitted by Mediterranean colleagues who are experts and connoisseurs of investigative journalism in their respective countries: Mustapha Benfodil, Nathalie Galesne, Blanca Garcés, Cathy Kattar, Erri de Luca, Martine Matthieu Job, Jessica Murray, Silvia Omedes (Photographic Social Vision), Christian Pheline, Bertan Selim, Agnès Spiquel, Juan Valbuena, the Association of Investigative Journalists, and the Association of Journalists of the Balearic Islands.
Behind the nominated projects are twenty emerging journalists (Manuel Aguilera, Ghayyan Al Amine, Mohamed Mahdy, Fabiola Barranco, Federica Araco, Marco Carmigan, Mireia Comas, Sara Creta, Rehab Eldalil, Nada Harib, Hicham Houdaïfa, Javier Jennings Mozo, Jordi Jon, Yohanne Lamoulère, Faris Lounis, Mohamed Mahdy, Arturo Martín Varas, Lina Meskine, Sara Montesinos, Ager Oueslati, Ferida Pacha and Marianne Roux) from ten countries (Algeria, Egypt, Spain, France, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey) who follow, in their research and work, the ethos that Albert Camus brought to the world of journalism.
The vast majority of these projects focus on people, on details, on the individual’s name, and on concrete local facts, so that each story is a fractal of the whole problem that is reflected within it. These are methods of storytelling that are the antitheses of headlines and statistics. Here we delve into the meaning of each tragedy suffered amid the helplessness of war, exile, orphan-hood, or the disappearance of your home, your village, and its people.
For as long as there has been human history, the circumstances of the world have made these empathetic, intimate and moving voices necessary, voices that arise alongside the defeated, giving clarity to the hope for change in lives subsumed by injustice and unreason.
Only thus is it possible for journalism to be «the most beautiful profession in the world».