Tuesday, June 9, 2020
The ACOS Alliance*, to which Free Press Unlimited is affiliated, launched a COVID-19 Safety Protocol, to help news organisations respond to the extraordinary challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on the safe commissioning of freelance journalists.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis journalists and media organisations are facing new safety challenges while doing their job. Journalists are for example putting themselves in danger of infection while reporting from highly infected areas.

Practical guidance

The resource gives practical guidance to news organisations on how to keep reporting safely and professionally during this COVID-19 crisis. It addresses all aspects involved with news assignments in this time, like crisis management, hygiene and mental health, offering information about a combination of preventive measures and the use of protective equipment like masks and disinfections. The protocol is aimed at helping smaller news organisations, those that lack the knowledge, and struggle with the resources and capacity, to respond to the current crisis.

Focus on freelance journalists

Next to guidance in the field of health, the protocol offers special attention to freelance journalists. They are especially vulnerable, for instance because they are often not protected by a company insurance. The safety protocol includes information on how to deal with accreditation, insurance and expenses for freelance journalists in this time of crisis.

During this time it is extra important that journalist can continue their work in a professional and safe way, to keep bringing reliable information to the public. The safety protocol is a practical guidance to do so.


*The ACOS (A Culture Of Safety) Alliance is an unprecedented coalition of more than 100 signatory news organizations, freelance journalist associations and press freedom NGOs working together to champion safe and responsible journalistic practices.