Training on journalistic safety is essential, especially for media workers operating under challenging – often life threatening – conditions. In collaboration with international partners, Free Press Unlimited supports (media) organisations and media workers with safety training.
In our training programmes, we always approach safety holistically and mitigation strategies will never be seen as stand-alone interventions. Physical, digital, psycho-social and legal safety, will not be viewed in isolation from each other.
Together with Greenhost - and the digital security community at large - Free Press Unlimited is currently developing TOTEM (Training using Online Tools for Effectiveness and Measurability), a platform to independently support media (security) trainers and media workers on secure use of the internet with online tools. The project will enhance the capacity of human rights defenders and journalist to work more securely and assist them to do their work in more effective and secure ways.
The TOTEM project is an online platform aimed at an international audience. Although it has no specific target countries, it provides curricula, training techniques and methodologies that can be used in a wide range of contexts. By using TOTEM, journalists, activists and human rights defenders can learn how to work more safely online, reducing their fear and anxiety and thus increase their efficiency. TOTEM will be launched during the second quarter of 2018.
Training/ learning resources
Free Press Unlimited recommends the following resources designed to provide safety to journalistic (digital/physical/psycho-social) by our partners.
- Security in a Box offers multi-lingual guides on digital security and how to mitigate online threats. Special focus is given to the work of media practitioners and human rights defenders.
- Committee to Protect Journalists developed a series of guides focused on the security of media workers. Potential threatening scenarios are discussed and mitigation strategies are offered.
- Cyber Arabs is a website focused on digital security in the Arab world. It offers practical guides (in Arabic), updated information about threats and supplies advisory services related to digital security.
- SKEyes developed a series of guides focused on the safety of media workers, including digital security. Through a series of videos/animations, basic concepts of journalistic security are explained.
- The Freelance Journalist Safety Checklist designed by the ACOS Alliance to enable editors and journalists to ensure they have considered the relevant concerns before an assignment.
- The Basic Internet Security Guide, is a guide on basic internet security created by Greenhost, available in various formats for offline reading such as PDF and ePub.
- CJFE developed a very good online guide that introduces the most important digital security topics for journalists.
- The Rory Peck Trust produced a series of articles, and other online resources, on staying safe online, with a focus on media workers worldwide.
If you are an organisation with specific training needs related to journalistic safety, please contact us via the following e-mail address: email@example.com.