Who are today’s war correspondents? What impact does reporting from the heart of a conflict have? How is the nature of conflict journalism evolving?
To mark the second annual Khaled Alkhateb International Memorial Awards, honouring RT Arabic freelancer Khaled Alkhateb, who lost his life while reporting from Syria in 2017, we will seek to answer these questions and more. Bringing together leading journalism and media professionals, as well as this year’s Awards winners, we will pay tribute to Khaled’s life and work, recognizing excellence in reporting on conflict the world over.
Dozens of journalists were killed while reporting from conflict zones last year alone. But these numbers don’t scare off those who are committed to heading to the frontlines armed with just a camera and a microphone. The winners of RT’s second annual Khaled Alkhateb International Memorial Awards will come to Moscow to discuss their work in the conflict zones. Together with prominent journalists who have reported from Syria, Iraq, and Libya, we will look at what it takes to be a war correspondent. Has the job changed over time and what changes we can expect in the future? Is it possible not to take sides when covering a conflict? And can user-generated content replace the front-line reporting of professional journalists?
Tear gas, rubber bullets, burning cars. World capitals and major cities from Paris to Caracas to Hong Kong to Tbilisi sometimes can look like war zones. Peaceful protests might come up against a forceful backlash while activists might embrace violence as a tactic. When urban unrest edges closer to turning into a battlefield, how does that affect the role of the media in covering not just the violence but the social disaffection and perceived injustice that often fuel it?
“Fake news” has become ingrained into our news and political discourse. While all too often the media and political establishments use the term to dismiss alternative viewpoints, its true incarnation – factually wrong and deliberately disseminated information – remains the most dangerous. In this environment verification becomes particularly crucial when it comes to reporting from conflict zones. This talk will address the challenges and solutions for authenticating content from the front lines across the world. How do you navigate the flood of information and raise media literacy? Could technological advances result in making it impossible to tell fake and real videos apart? And Artificial Intelligence – is it a friend or a foe, does it help generate or combat the Deep Fakes?
In the 21st century, the Fourth Estate has been growing ever more powerful, often drastically impacting the life of entire nations near and far. With this power, does the media also bear any responsibility in preventing or resolving conflict? We will examine the role journalists played in such events as the war in Iraq and the Arab Spring, assess the ostracism of such figures as Julian Assange, and look at the roots – and the ways out – of the anti-Russia hysteria currently sweeping through the Western mainstream media.