Award for women war reporters

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THE INDEPENDENT and The Independent on Sunday are to launch the Martha Gellhorn award for women war reporters, in memory of the celebrated journalist who died at the weekend, aged 89. Miss Gellhorn began her career as a war reporter during the Spanish Civil War and continued reporting the horrors from the frontline of many of this century's bloodiest conflicts, including the Second World War, the Middle East and Vietnam.

The award, which is open to women covering wars for British publications, will commemorate Miss Gellhorn's passion and objectivity. Her own words set the standard for the prize: the journalist's duty, she said, was to "limit yourself to what you see or hear, and not suppress or invent"; nor could she abide "all that objectivity shit". War reporting, for her, was about writing which evokes the plight of the victim of war and the ordinary soldier, not the general or the politician, back home in a smoke- filled room. Further details of the award will be published soon in The Independent and The Independent on Sunday.