Léa Polverini

Léa Polverini was selected for the 2024 Shortlist with Kazakhstan-Xinjiang, the Border of Tears

Léa Polverini is a French freelance journalist and editor covering international news and human rights abuses. She regularly writes for Slate.fr about MENA and East-Asian issues, and worked as special correspondent in China, Lebanon, Egypt, Kazakhstan and Morocco. She contributes to various media such as Le Monde diplomatique, The Guardian, L’Orient-Le Jour or Jeune Afrique. She won the Kurt Schork Freelance Journalist Award from the Thomson Reuters Foundation in 2023 for her reports in Kazakhstan about Chinese concentration camps’ survivors – a work that was also nominated for the Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award for War Correspondents 2023. Her work in post-blast Lebanon was nominated for the True Story Award 2022. Léa Polverini also teaches Comparative literature at Aix-Marseille University, while preparing a PhD about revolts and derision in contemporary Arabic literatures.