MOSCOW, RUSSIARussian television network RT is now accepting entries for the 2020 Khaled Alkhateb Memorial Awards, an annual international competition that recognizes journalistic efforts from conflict zones.

The competition, now in its third year, was established in honor of RT Arabic freelancer, Khaled Alkhateb, who died in 2017 while reporting from the frontlines in Syria.

The winners of the third annual Khaled Alkhateb Memorial Awards will be announced on July 30, marking the day 25-year-old Alkhateb was killed. Alkhateb had been covering the fighting between Syrian government forces and terrorists. In 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin posthumously honored Khaled with the Medal for Courage.

RT’s 2020 Khaled Alkhateb awards for war journalism open for entries



The Khaled Alkhateb Memorial Awards is presented in three categories: Best Video Journalism from a Conflict Zone: Long Form; Best Video Journalism from a Conflict Zone: Short Form; and Best Written Journalism from a Conflict Zone.

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During the inaugural year of the competition in 2018, there were entries from more than 20 countries in 10 different languages. The winners were journalists from Iraq and Ireland, whose reporting shed light on the situation in Iraq and Syria following the expulsion of ISIS, as well as a journalist from Singapore for her coverage of the seizure of Marawi, Philippines by ISIS terrorists.

The judging was conducted by an international jury of news media professionals and experts on the subject of war and conflict, including former CBS correspondent Philip Ittner and the Association for International Broadcasting’s Tom Wragg.

In 2019, the jury selected the best entries from 25 countries. Journalists from Russia, the US, Italy, and India took top honors for their reports about conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Libya. The 2019 awards ceremony took place as part of the RT Media Talk – ‘Covering Conflict: Dimensions, Risks And Responsibilities Of Journalism In The Hot Zone’.

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