Friday 17 August 2018

Independent.ie Deputy Editor Jason O'Brien wins top award for his Syria coverage

The award was presented to Jason O’Brien in Moscow
The award was presented to Jason O’Brien in Moscow
Hurling star and Unicef Ireland goodwill ambassador Joe Canning in eastern Aleppo, Syria. Photo: Mark Condren

A series of articles detailing life in the formerly besieged Syrian city of Aleppo by Irish Independent writer Jason O'Brien has secured the inaugural Khaled Alkhateb award for best written journalism from a conflict zone.

The series ran in the Irish Independent and on Independent.ie late last year, with Mr O'Brien and photographer Mark Condren the first Irish journalists in Syria following the defeat of Islamic State.

The award was presented to Mr O'Brien in Moscow.

Khaled Alkhateb was a Syrian freelance journalist who was killed while reporting from Syria for RT in July of 2017. He was aged 25.

Irish Independent

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