Safety

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Graffiti that reads "Derna is gone" is seen on a damaged shop wall in Derna on September 21, 2023, after a deadly storm hit Libya. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)

CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering Libya’s floods

Days after September floods killed thousands in the coastal Libyan city of Derna, protesters took to the streets to blame local authorities for failing to maintain the local dams. On September 19, Libya’s eastern administration ordered local and foreign journalists to leave the city of Derna by noon that day on the grounds that the…

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Situational awareness: A guide for journalists

When talking about journalist safety, security measures such as filling out a risk assessment, completing hostile environment awareness training (HEFAT), or using personal protective equipment (PPE) are often the first things to come to mind. However, one of the most important security measures in a journalist’s toolbox is the ability to maintain situational awareness and…

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering anti-police protests in France

Violent protests have spread across France and Belgium following the fatal shooting of a 17-old teenager by police during a traffic stop in the Paris suburb of Nanterre on Tuesday, June 27. Skirmishes between police and protestors have been reported in cities including Lille, Toulouse, Marseille, Lyon, Pau, Montpellier, and the Belgian capital of Brussels….

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Digital security: Risk assessment template

This two-part digital risk assessment form is designed to help journalists think about how to mitigate digital risk in both their everyday life and when covering a particular story. The following templates are designed to accompany CPJ’s Digital Safety Kit, which has practical steps that journalists can follow in order to help them complete the…

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In this picture taken on April 19, 2023, a man shows the Iranian messaging app (Bale) on his mobile telephone in Tehran.

Digital security checklist for journalists in exile

Use the following checklist to help better protect yourself, your family, and your sources. This checklist is designed to accompany the digital safety guide for journalists in exile. If you need assistance, journalists should contact CPJ via [email protected].

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This illustration image created on June 9, 2023, shows a person using a smartphone to record a voice message in Los Angeles.

Digital safety: Guidance for journalists in exile

Journalists in exile face a range of digital security challenges unique to their individual circumstances. These include hacking attempts on their accounts, online harassment, and attacks on their websites or blogs. This guide provides journalists with practical steps they can take to better ensure their safety. General guidance Keeping accounts safe from hacking attempts Journalists…

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Covering the West Bank: Security insights and tips for journalists

As the Jerusalem correspondent for the Guardian newspaper, Bethan McKernan has spent much of the last year covering the escalating cycle of violence in in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. It feels, she says, like “a slow-motion opening salvo of a new war.”    According to the U.S.-based non-profit Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project…

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CPJ and TrustLaw: Know your rights guide for journalists in India

The Committee to Protect Journalists has been responding to the needs of journalists in India as they confront a range of challenges, from criminal action to online abuse, and learn to navigate an increasingly hostile environment for the press.   Developed in collaboration with TrustLaw—the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono service—this guide covers the legal…

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CPJ launches safety videos to support journalists covering unrest globally

Journalist assistance requests rose 24% in 2022 New York, February 16, 2023—The Committee to Protect Journalists on Thursday launched three new safety videos providing practical guidance to journalists covering unrest worldwide. Drawing on the organization’s expertise in emergency protection and safety, the videos will help journalists mitigate risk when covering protests and demonstrations. Reporting on…

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Legal aid resources in Brazil: A guide for journalists facing legal action

For a journalist facing criminal or civil lawsuits in retaliation for their reporting, having access to relevant legal advice and resources to finance their legal representation can mean the difference between a prison sentence and freedom, censorship and the free flow of information, being economically suffocated or having the ability to continue reporting. In recent…

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