The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its local affiliate the Kurdistan Journalists Syndicate are organizing a three day safety training for local journalists in the city of Shikhan of the Kurdistan region of Iraq.
The training, which runs from 18- 20 December and is conducted by the IFJ Safety Trainer in Kurdistan, will discuss many aspects of safety and introduce 26 journalists to life saving skills which they can put in practice to minimize the risks they may face in the course of their work.
The training forms part of the IFJ programme which has been developed in recent years, based on a number of practical competencies that explores personal security, operational planning, security of accommodation and workplace, movements in conflict zones, ballistic threats, kidnaps and special risks, riots and public disorder.
“In the current climate of violence and kidnappings targeting journalists, the ability to assess safety risks is crucial,” said IFJ President Jim Boumelha; “ The IFJ is determined to do its level best to help as many journalists as possible learn these life- saving skills.”
Three more trainings are planned in the Middle East during the next weeks. Two will take place in the north and south of Yemen next week. The last one will be held in Gaza during the first week of January.
The IFJ organised tens of safety trainings in the Arab World and the Middle East since 2011 benefiting more than 1500 journalists from the region.
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The IFJ represents more than 600 000 journalists in 134 countries