Press freedom and the space for independent media are under threat, as stipulated in various UN resolutions addressing journalist safety. UN Sectary-General Guterres stated that ‘civic space has been shrinking worldwide at an alarming rate. And with anti-media rhetoric on the rise, so too are violence and harassment against journalists, including women … When media workers are targeted, societies as a whole pay a price.’ Governments practise legal intimidation and censorship of dissenting voices, also in the digital space. Criminal gangs threaten those who report on corruption. The result is that journalists exercise self-censorship, leave the profession, disappear into exile or stay silent. This is a deliberate attack on civic space that requires a cross-cutting approach to safety of journalists.
This Safety Resource Space is the place to find information on the safety of journalists. It includes information on Free Press Unlimited’s safety-related activities, background information on the safety of journalists, practical resources, and best practices and examples of successful projects and approaches.
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The Coalition Against Online Violence has just launched the Online Violence Response Hub, a project of the IWMF with ICFJ. This hub is a robust resource center where women journalists – and newsrooms – can find updated research, emergency assistance, and easy-to-follow recommendations for their specific situation.
New online courses
Two new online course were launched on the Totem platform:
How to protect your identity online and Secure your devices.
Free Press Unlimited believes that a safe work environment is a basic need for independent media. It is imperative that journalists carry out their work free from violence and free from obstruction. A commitment to safety cuts across all of Free Press Unlimited’s activities.
Free Press Unlimited believes that safety should be approached as a comprehensive concept that has physical, psycho-social, digital and legal dimensions. As these dimensions of safety impact on each other, it is important to adopt an inclusive approach, that also takes gender into account.
Evidence base: Safety of journalists
|CAR Reporters Flee for Their Lives||2017||Central African Republic||Free Press Unlimited||Schilder, J.|
|Defending Journalism: How National Mechanisms Can Protect Journalists and Address the Issues of Impunity. A Comparative Analysis of Practices in Seven Countries||2017||Afghanistan, Colombia, Indonesia, Iraq, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines||International Media Support (IMS)||Witchel, E. et al.|
|Journalists and Safety Training: Experiences and Opinions||2017||Global||Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma Research Lab||Shapiro, B. (Ed.)|
|Tracker Registers Violence against Journalists in Nigeria||2017||Nigeria||Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ)||Free Press Unlimited|
|Making Secondary Trauma a Primary Issue: A Study of Eyewitness Media and Vicarious Trauma on the Digital Frontline||2015||Global||Eyewitness Media Hub||Dubberley, S. et al.|
|Violence and Harassment against Women in the News Media: A Global Picture||2014||Global||International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF)||Barton, A. & Storm, H.|