The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) concluded together with the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate (EJS) 2 safety trainings for journalists on 29-31 October and on 5-7 November.
The trainings which brought together 42 journalists, were run buy 3 safety trainers from the EJS who graduated from the IFJ regional safety Training of Trainers programme.
The programme has built a network of safety trainers working with journalists’ unions across the region. It has been running since 2011 and has helped up to 2000 journalists in the region to receive safety trainings which cover topics such as personal safety planning, reporting on demonstrations, covering wars as well as first aid.
In the last few weeks, the IFJ, in cooperation with journalists unions, organised safety workshops for journalists in Yemen, Palestine and Iraq, and more trainings are scheduled before the end of the year in Sudan and Mauritania.
The Arab World and the Middle East is one of the most dangerous region in the world for journalists. With active wars in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya and recurrent Israeli attacks on Gaza Strip, the region recorded the highest causalities for journalists and media workers in the past years.
“Training journalists on how to save their and others’ lives is the first step to prevent more casualties in the profession ” said IFJ president Philippe Leruth. “ Our campaign against impunity for crimes targeting journalists is also about prevention and we are proud to provide these trainings in a region where they are so badly needed. We congratulate the EJS and all our affiliates for their commitment to this programme and thank all our partners who are supporting it”.
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The IFJ represents more than 600,000 journalists in 140 countries