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An Attack on One is an Attack on All

A report by the International Programme for the Development of Communication that explores successful initiatives to protect journalists and combat impunity.

Chapters - An Attack on One is an Attack on All


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How to use the book

Here you will find the various chapters of the book that you can download on their own.  UNESCO encourages you to share these links with journalists, government authorities and regulatory bodies and non-government organizations.  The individual chapters are designed to encourage debate and promote actions that you can tailor to your communities.

For example, you can check out how journalists in Pakistan are keeping safe by using Whatsapp, or how female journalists are receiving hostile environment training courses that assist them in their work. Or you may like to see how a commission on journalists’ safety was started in Serbia to assist in the cold cases of journalists’ murders.


A. Preface:

B. Introduction:

C. Conclusion:

Chapter by Chapter, An Attack on One is an Attack on All

  1. War Correspondents Trained As Combat Medics to Protect Colleagues.
    A journalist hadn’t thought there was anything that could have been done to prevent his friend’s battlefield death. But a conversation with a British SAS medic changed everything. 
  2. Marie Colvin Network: For Women at Home in a War Zone
    When journalist Marie Colvin died, three of her closest friends decided to turn those friendships into a lasting legacy, and the Marie Colvin Journalists Network was born.
  3. Tragedy Brings People Together: The value of cooperation to protect journalists. 
    In the case of a journalist who is working for several news organizations simultaneously - a frequent occurrence for international reporters in danger zones - who is responsible for providing care if the journalist gets hurt? 
  4. Putting Competition Aside for Safety. 
    News organizations covering the 2016 Rio Olympics had security concerns about protecting their employees from local crime. Then the Zika virus emerged, and they had something else to worry about.
  5. An Attack on One should be considered An Attack on All.
    News media are highly competitive by definition. It’s in their DNA. But when journalists are being kidnapped and attacked with impunity, it is time for cooperation, to stand together for their own.  
  6. Inspiration from the Past: The Amin family and African Jouranlist Safety
    At a time when local journalists mostly had to fend for themselves, Mohamed “Mo” Amin, a journalist with a bionic arm, insisted those who were injured as he was, while doing their jobs, should get the same help he did. 
  7. In the Philippines, a Focus on Young Journalists Who Need Support
    As a young journalist, Batario thought nothing of hitching rides with military convoys through rebel areas, or covering conflict without a flak jacket or helmet. He didn’t think much about the risks.    
  8. Fighting Back Against Prolific Online Harassment. (or click here)
    Maria Ressa is a former CNN war correspondent but none of her experiences in the field prepared her for the massive and destructive campaign of gendered online harassment that’s been directed at her since 2016. (By Julie Posetti).  
  9. Afghanistan: Emergency Response and Planning on a MassiveScaleWhen the Taliban took over Kunduz province in 2015, one of the first things they did was burn down nearly all of the province’s media houses  
  10. Indonesia: Inroducing Safety Into the Culture
    The television cameraman had no notion of personal safety, so he stepped onto the deck of a sinking ferry, and went down with the ship.  
  11. A Seachange in the Approach to Journalist Safety. 
    The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has had top profile since Meryl Streep called for people to support the group. 
  12. Brazil: If a Journalist is Murdered and Nobody Cares, Who is Going to Investigate? 
    True crime was the genre that Guilherme Alpendre believed was the best way to bring attention to the murder of journalists in Brazil, and he wanted a bestselling book to break the silence. 
  13. The "Tropicalization" of Safety: Tailoring Responses to Local Situations
    For journalists covering dangerous street protests, the best advice to avoid attacks is to learn the lessons of those who weren’t so lucky. 
  14. Colombia's Consejo de Redaccion: Safety in Numbers. In Colombia, where investigating organized crime, corruption and conflict is a regular part of the job, your byline can get you killed. 
  15. Digital Security, Physical Security and Psycho-Social Health: A Holistic Approach From IREX Safe.
    The mantra for the safety experts at IREX is digital security, physical security and psycho-social health. Talk to them, and the phrase will come up at one point or another. 
  16. Hostile Environment Training for Women
    It’s bad enough that female journalists face situations their male counterparts never face when they’re out reporting in the field. Having to take extra precautions like wearing multiple layers of clothing and staying out of crowds are just two of the challenges. 
  17. Female Journalists in Sudan work for Safety and Equality
    The problems facing female journalists in Sudan are multiple: harassment, discrimination, violence and all the problems that afflict their male counterparts: kidnapping, press freedom controls, natural disasters, lack of medical care, conflict, even snakebite, animal attacks and getting lost in the wilderness. 
  18. The Cold Cases: When Journalists Investigate Murders of Colleagues
    It’s all well and good to remember slain journalists with days of commemoration. But Veran Matić emphasizes that this isn’t enough. 
  19. A Small Crack in the Culture of Impunity
    The award of US$ 200,000 seems like small compensation for torture, and on top of that Musa Saidykhan never actually received it. Crimes against journalists are rarely investigated, let alone resolved. Even more so when the crime is carried out by government security forces.
  20. Protecting Journalists Before They Get Into Trouble 
    Ask anyone who is concerned about freelance journalists working without a safety net, and they’ll invariably mention the Rory Peck Trust. 
  21. What Do You Do When Your Friends Die? 
    “A Day Without News?” was conceived to draw public attention to the killings of journalists and raise awareness about attacks on journalists that prevent citizens from getting the critical news and information they need. It worked.
  22. Dart Centre Delves Into Safety Training Effectiveness
    Does safety training work? There are plenty of stories of journalists rescuing others, of using their first aid training, of changing their own behavior, of considering the risks in ways they didn’t before they took safety training courses. 


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