NUJP releases guidelines for safe election coverage



Media Release: Philippines

May 13, 2013            


The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) congratulates the National

Union of Journalists of the Philippines on its release on May 10, of a set of

guidelines to aid fellow journalists in covering safely the 2013 midterm




guidelines provide reporters, photojournalists, and other media personnel with a

sense of what to expect when covering elections and how to prevent and respond

to threats and unsafe incidents.


Included in

the guidelines are tips on what to bring and what to wear in the field, and

what to do when caught in gunfire or hostile situations. Some tips also stress

the need for journalists to know their rights, as well as to practice fair and

balanced reporting as a tool to keep them out of harm's way.



information has also been turned into an easily accessible infographic. The Media Safety Office

encourages journalists to download and share the guidelines with colleagues in

the media.



guidelines have been produced under IFJ/NUJP Media Freedom and Safety in the Philippines

Project funded by the Open Society Institute and International Media Support.



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