With the support of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), and in line with the objectives of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, the Center for Research on Development Communication (RED) has launched a project aimed at promoting the safety of journalists in Viet Nam.
The project involves equipping journalists and media professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to protect themselves when working, and establishing a strong network for monitoring and peer assistance. It is expected that it will contribute to fostering a safer working environment for journalists and media professionals, increasing freedom of expression and, ultimately, strengthening peace and democracy in Viet Nam.
RED will organize a two-day training workshop in the third quarter of 2014 to strengthen the capacities of 25 media professionals and media management officials. Participants will learn about media laws and regulations, particularly in the area of journalists’ safety, and acquire skills for peer assistance in this area. A set of Guidelines for Peer Assistance for Safety of Journalists will also be developed, in collaboration with senior journalists.
RED will establish by October 2014 a Monitoring Network and an online interactive forum on its website. This will be a platform where best safety-related practices and protection mechanisms will be shared among journalists and media professionals in Viet Nam.