Khaled’s Bio

 

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The author of the Syrian novel Selamlik, it is the first Syrian novel telling the story of the revolution the war through a homoerotic perspective, as the protagonist is a gay Muslim man.
The novel has been translated from Arabic to Swedish and published by Leopardförlag in 2018

Khaled is a multi-awarded Syrian -Swedish journalist and published author; the latest one is the best scenarist and director of a short film Gothenburg Film Festival 2019. The film Coffee with Sukkar talks about the refugees in Sweden from a dog’s point of view.

Back to the beginnings, Khaled worked as a journalist in the Middle-East for more than fifteen years. He was a co-founder and the programs’ manager of Syria-Tomorrow, it one of the first generation private media in Syria 2005. In 2010 he became the correspondent of Radio France International/Monte Carlo from Damascus. In 2011, Khaled became a media officer at the UNDP/ The Disaster Risk Reduction Project in Damascus.
In 2012, Khaled worked for ONTV in Cairo. He joined ARK Group in Istanbul in 2013 as journalists’ trainer; he created programs to train the Syrian citizen journalists and produced radio documentaries about the war and refugees in Turkey. In 2015, he worked for the Swedish Television/Uppdrag Granskning.
As his passion is always the radio, Khaled works appeared in the Swedish Radio too; he made aremarkable reportage portraying Raqqa city before Daesh.
Khaled is giving lectures in the universities and summer journalists schools in Sweden and around the world. He mainly talks about the journalism and freedom of expression in the conflict areas like Syria.

In the written press, Khaled wrote about different themes, mainly homosexuality and migration for magazines in Europe. His article Underground Revolution was translated and published in Swedish, English, German, and Danish.

Moments in Khaled’s career:
He represented the Swedish media in The Nordic Alumni from the International Journalist Program in Germany in 2017.

A cover boy on the Swedish magazine JOURNALISTEN in March issue 2016.

A special certificate from the French Ambassador in Damascus for his radio program La Radio Franco Syrien in 2010.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the US selected him to join Journalist Visitor’s Program in the states in 2009.

The Danish Institute in Damascus awarded Khaled as the best environmental radio journalist and invited him to cover COP 15 in 2009.

Education: Bachelor in English literature 2006 Damascus University. He has also participated in some training workshops with international institutions (BBC, Thomson Reuters Foundation, DW, UNU-ILI, InWent, UN, EU.

Languages: Arabic, English, good in Swedish and a beginner in French.