International News Safety Institute is to launch INSI Asia Pacific with a
regional office based in Singapore to focus on the most dangerous region in the
world for journalists and media workers.
This is an
initiative of Australian and New Zealand journalists and media workers through
their unions Media Safety and Solidarity Appeal together with the global unions
for media workers, UNI Global Union and the International Federation of
Journalists Asia Pacific.
and media personnel working in the Asia-Pacific region confront targeted
attacks, threats and intimidation, work-related injury and the dangers of
reporting in areas of conflict.
Pakistan, the Philippines and Afghanistan are often ranked in the top ten
deadliest countries in the world for journalists with Nepal and Sri Lanka
ranking amongst the worst countries for impunity. Next month will mark the
third anniversary of the Maguindanao Massacre in the Philippines, when 32
journalists were among the 58 killed in 2009.
journalists have been killed in the Asia-Pacific region since January 2012.
International News Safety Institute (INSI) was established ten years ago by the
IFJ and the International Press Institute with major global employers to create
a global safety network for journalists and other news gatherers. INSI operates
on the premise that creating a culture of safety in journalism enhances the
capacity of media to contribute to building prosperous and confident
these challenges in the Asia-Pacific, a regional INSI office will be
established in Singapore to boost and coordinate efforts to improve safety and
security for journalists and media personnel working throughout the
The office will
serve a number of important functions including a single point of contact and
rapid response to threats and attacks on journalists, standardised
safety-related training materials and trainings and the on-going monitoring and
reporting of conditions throughout the region.
further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +61 2 9333 0918
The IFJ represents more than 600,000 journalists in 131
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