News organizations standing up for the safety of media professionals
Close to 300 media leaders from around the world have shared ideas for urgent action to enhance the safety of journalists and end impunity for attacks on them.
The concrete actions that news organizations can take include: adopting safety protocols for newsrooms, taking advantage of safety training provided by NGOs, conducting risk analysis, and supporting freelancers. Other ideas raised were the use of mobile apps for journalists to report attacks, and coverage to raise awareness and show solidarity.
The Paris conference News Organizations Standing up for the Safety of Media Professionals, which also involved dialogue with UNESCO Member States representatives, was marked by the active participation of media industry leaders, unions and social media. It helped strengthen the media as a key actor in providing safety for journalists and tackling impunity.
Participants at the Paris meeting also highlighted the importance of strengthening solidarity between media, from local and community radio to mainstream media. “One of the most important points of the conference is that we saw that the whole world was supporting us,” said Jesus Dureza, Publisher of the Mindanao Times and President of the Association of the media owners of Philippines (PPI). “We saw that we are not alone. And you can’t underestimate the importance of this feeling.”
A smaller follow-up meeting on 6 February gathered 25 participants from the conference who explored additional steps such as setting up national mechanisms to monitor and report on safety and impunity. It also gave further attention to the status of freelancers in dangerous areas and tools to that can help improve their safety and protection, such as the Global Safety Principles and Practices for Freelancers developed by the ACOS (A Culture of Safety) alliance.
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