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War never changes: Submissions open for RT’s 2021 Khaled Alkhateb International Memorial Awards for war journalism

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Four years to the date when freelance correspondent Khaled Alkhateb was killed by an ISIS shell in Syria, the demand for quality war zone reporting is as high as ever. Submissions are open for RT’s 2021 war journalism contest.

The international competition, named in honor of Alkhateb, who was a regular contributor to RT Arabic at the time of his tragic death on July 30, 2017, is highlighting the perilous work of journalists in conflict zones for the fourth year in a row.

The participants will compete in two categories – best written and best video reporting from a war zone. This year’s contest introduces a new category for entries – “Best Humanitarian Journalism: After the War.” Both video and written reporting from post-war zones, which tell stories of struggle and recovery of individuals and entire communities, are accepted under this category.

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The winners, due to be announced on November 20, will each get a monetary prize of 200,000 rubles ($2,700) or an equivalent in foreign currency.

Last year, the contest received submissions from 16 countries, including the US, Norway and Egypt. Journalists from Russia, Syria and India were named the winners of the competition.

A budding freelance journalist and RT Arabic stringer, Khaled Alkhateb was killed on July 30, 2017 in a shelling launched by the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorist group that targeted the western Syrian city of Homs – one of the main flashpoints of the years-long Syrian war.

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FILE PHOTO: RT freelance cameraman Safaa Ghali is pictured in Basra, Iraq.
RT contributing cameraman killed in southern Iraq

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