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May 19, 2006

Delphine Minoui: Albert Londres international journalism award

It is with great pleasure and pride that I announce that my wife - Delphine Minoui - has won the 2006 Albert Londres award, France's highest honors for foreign correspondents. See press release.

Delphine had an amazing year covering two of the world's most important and difficult stories -- the ongong slide toward civil disorder and violence in Iraq and the growing nuclear crisis in Iran for Le Figaro and other French news outlets. Her 40-article submission included stories from Baghdad, Basra, Tehran, Qom, Dubai, Amman and Dujayl, the little town which is the subject of Saddam Hussein's first trial.

Delphine, who was a finalist for the prize in 2004 and 2005, was given the award this morning at a ceremony in Marseilles. She rushed to France from Tehran last night.

Albert Londres, a dashing French foreign correspondent who died in the 1930s, was a pioneering journalist. His adventures in hotspots around the world apparently inspired the famous Tin Tin comic book series.

Warm regards,


Borzou Daragahi
Baghdad Bureau Chief
Los Angeles Times

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