Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, a citizen journalists' group that covers the atrocities committed by the Islamic State outfit in its de facto capital in Syria, is being given a $50,000 prize for its work. The Train Foundation announced on Thursday that the 2016 Civil Courage Prize will be given to the group, AP reported.

Formed in 2014 after the the Islamic State group took over Raqqa and declared it its capital, Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently said its members had been abducted, tortured and killed for their work. They work anonymously to make public the terrorist outfit's acts such as lashings, beheadings and other abuses.

The Civil Courage Prize was established in 2000. It recognises "resistance to evil at great personal risk". The prize is given annually by the trustees of the New York-based foundation.