We believe that publishers, executive directors and editors play a crucial role in advancing a culture of safety. Robust safety practices and protocols should be in place in news organisations in order to increase the safety of reporters.
Identifying security risks
The newly developed News Organisations Safety Self-Assessment helps news organisations to identify and better understand their own weaknesses and strengths in relation to the security of all individuals working for them exposed to danger, including freelancers. This safety tool illustrated a few safety best practices and encourages practical and effective ways to advance such practices.
Security needs and relevant guides
The Safety Self-Assessment pays special attention to gender issues, mental health care, digital security needs and working with freelancers and fixers, aspects which are often neglected in organisational policy and protocols. It also includes links to relevant articles, reports, guides and other existing resources.
With this practical tool, we hope to take a step towards embedding a culture of safety. This resource is a collaboration between the ACOS Alliance, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, Free Press Unlimited, Frontline Freelance Register, the International Federation of Journalists, International News Safety Institute, International Media Support, International Press Institute, the International Women’s Media Foundation and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers.