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Safety Training

30 May 2013

The dangers posed to journalists and media staff working in dangerous situations and conflict zones are the subject of extensive record. The IFJ has recorded the deaths of more than 1000 journalists and media staff over the past ten years.

Many journalists are killed, injured or harassed in war zones, either targeted by one side or another or caught in the crossfire of violence. Others are the victims of premeditated assault and intimidation either by criminals, terrorists or by agencies of the state — the police, the military or the security forces — acting secretly and illegally.

Very often there is little that journalists or media organisations can do to avoid casualties. There will, inevitably, be accidents, no matter how much care is taken to provide protection and there is little one can do when those targeting media use ruthless and brutal methods to crush journalistic inquiry.

However, there are steps that journalists and media organisations should take to minimise the risks to staff.

The most important of them are adequate preparation and training.

It is essential that journalists and media staff be in a state of readiness when difficulties arise.

The IFJ has invested considerable resources to ensure that, as many members of its affiliates as possible, receive training in safety. This training has ranged from basic training to an advanced one for selected journalists who have become trainers themselves. These journalists now represent an invaluable pool of skills and expertise on which the IFJ can call upon to share their knowledge with colleagues across the globe.