IFJ and Pakistan Union Release Safety Guidelines

The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate, the Pakistan Federal Union

of Journalists (PFUJ), in launching a set of newsroom posters and brochures which

alert journalists and media personnel in Pakistan to basic steps for

protecting themselves.

 

The posters and brochures, in

English and Urdu, will be distributed through the PFUJ’s affiliated unions and to

media organisations across Pakistan.

 

In consultation between the IFJ and

the PFUJ, “22 Steps to Safety” has been prepared as a poster and brochure,

while “Protect Our Media” provides advice on how to deal with threats.

 

Developed with members of the PFUJ, the

posters and brochure take into account expertise from various parts of the

world, including the safety guidelines of the IFJ, the International

News Safety Institute (INSI) and fellow IFJ affiliate the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP).

 

“The IFJ urges media personnel and

managements in Pakistan

to use these materials and share them with colleagues, to improve awareness of the

basic steps they can take to protect themselves in one of the world’s most

dangerous countries for journalists,” IFJ Asia-Pacific

Director Jacqueline Park said.

 

The PFUJ said the posters and

brochures were prepared in view of the deplorable safety situation for

journalists in Pakistan,

which has seen six media workers killed so far this year.

 

“Security of journalists is our top-most

priority and this exercise is among a number of steps being taken by the PFUJ

to ensure protection of journalists,” PFUJ President Pervaiz Shaukat said in a

statement.

 

PFUJ Secretary-General Amin Yousuf also

noted that the guidelines were part of the PFUJ’s program to assist media

personnel in Pakistan

to protect themselves and their colleagues.

 

The materials have been produced

with the support of the European Union (EU) and are  available to download below.

 

Safety 22 Steps Brochure - English

Safety 22 Steps Brochure - Urdu

Safety 22 Steps Poster - English

Safety 22 Steps Poster - Urdu

Protect Our Media Poster - English

Protect Our Media Poster - Urdu

 For further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +61 2 9333 0919

 

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