In response to the growing dangers for journalists, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has released an updated version of its Safety Guide for Journalists. Produced in partnership with UNESCO, it is available in French, English, Spanish and Arabic.
Fully revised and corrected, this handbook published by RSF since 1992 offers practical advice to reporters going to high-risk areas, where they should be ready for a wide range of dangers that may include armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and street protests. As cyber-security is an increasing challenge for journalists visiting conflict zones or countries with authoritarian governments, the guide includes many tips on protecting sources, data and communications.
It also stresses the importance of being well prepared before setting off, both physically and psychologically, and the need for debriefing and psychological support if any signs of post-traumatic stress are detected after returning home. And news organizations are reminded that the reporters they send into the field must be well trained and given an opportunity to discuss all their concerns in advance so they are confident they know everything they need.