Safety Advisories

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Covering elections: Journalist safety kit

March 25, 2019 1:09 PM ET

During elections, journalists frequently cover rallies, campaign events, and protests, which can increase their risk of being attacked, harassed, and detained. CPJ's Emergencies Response Team (ERT) has compiled a Safety Kit with information for editors, reporters, and photojournalists on how to prepare for elections and how to mitigate digital,...

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India elections 2019: Journalist safety kit

March 22, 2019 1:28 PM ET

India is scheduled to hold national and provincial elections from April 11 to May 19, 2019. As the country celebrates over 70 years of democracy, journalists are under pressure from attacks, harassment, cyber bullying, and government restrictions. At least five journalists were killed in relation to their work in...

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Idai in Southern Africa

March 20, 2019 2:31 PM ET

Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall during the night of March 14 and 15 in the Sofala province of Mozambique. The storm continued inland, causing flooding across Mozambique and parts of Zimbabwe and Malawi. The port city of Beira, Mozambique's fourth largest city, has been flattened and the humanitarian crisis...

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South Africa elections 2019: Journalist safety kit

February 27, 2019 10:00 AM ET

South Africa, one of the media freedom beacons in sub-Saharan Africa, will hold national and provincial elections on May 8. As the country celebrates 25 years of democracy, the press in South Africa faces old and new challenges, including physical harassment and cyber bullying. The press freedom environment, including...

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering the political crisis in Venezuela

January 25, 2019 5:24 PM ET

UPDATED: This safety advisory was updated on February 20, 2019. In response to disputed election results, Venezuelans from both sides have taken to the streets in recent weeks, according to news reports. The crisis began following the inauguration of President Nicolás Maduro to his second term on January 10,...

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Sophisticated phishing attacks mimic 2FA

January 17, 2019 11:52 AM ET

The cybersecurity research group CERTFA has reported an increase in sophisticated phishing attacks against journalists and human rights defenders. These attacks, which are global, have also targeted individuals who use more robust email providers or two-step verification (2FA) for their email and social media accounts....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering protests in France and Belgium

December 6, 2018 3:12 PM ET

Despite the French government announcing it will drop a proposed fuel tax rise, the gilets jaunes (yellow jackets) group, truckers, and farming groups have called for more protests, according to The Guardian. Mass demonstrations have taken place across France and Belgium as initial protests over the proposed increase in...

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering the migrant caravan

October 26, 2018 4:07 PM ET

UPDATED: This safety advisory was updated on February 15, 2019. In October 2018, thousands of migrants travelled as part of a caravan that departed San Pedro Sula in Honduras for the U.S. As the caravan attempted to cross Mexico, the risk increased for any journalists accompanying it....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Pegasus spyware used to target journalists, civil society

October 1, 2018 5:34 PM ET

In a report published on September 18, Citizen Lab said it had detected Pegasus, a spyware created for mobile devices, in over 45 countries. Pegasus, which transforms a cellphone into a mobile surveillance station, could have been deployed against a range of journalists and civil society actors in Mexico,...

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering Unite the Right rally and counter-protests in Washington, D.C.

August 9, 2018 8:14 AM ET

Hundreds of protesters are expected to join a "white civil rights rally" in Washington, D.C., on August 11 and 12 to mark the one-year anniversary of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which became violent and resulted in the death of one woman. A coalition of local...

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