Africa: Lauching of a New Tool for Safety in News Organisations

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This resource is a collaboration between the IFJ and the ACOS Alliance, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, Free Press Unlimited, Frontline Freelance Register, the International News Safety Institute, International Media Support, the International Press Institute, the International Women's Media Foundationand the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers.

The News Organisations Safety Self-Assessment comprises a brief set of key questions and guideline notes that should prompt a constructive conversation around safety best practices and encourage practical and effective ways to advance such practices. The Self-Assessment supports news organisations to identify and better understand their own weaknesses and strengths in relation to the security of all individuals working for them exposed to danger, including freelancers.

The resource pays special attention to gender issues, mental health care, digital security needs and working with freelancers and local journalists, aspects which are often neglected in organisational policy and protocols. The Self-Assessment includes links to relevant articles, reports, guides and other existing resources, as well as a basic glossary.

The organisations involved in this initiative recognize the crucial role that news managers, publishers, executive directors and editors play in advancing a culture of safety, and have come together in partnership to create and promote this useful resource.

IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger said: "We are delighted to launch the News Organisation Safety Self-Assessment in collaboration with our partners. Safety is a major issue for the International Federation of Journalists insofar as there can be no freedom of the press when journalists put their life at risk only by doing their job. This tool will enable news organizations to improve their safety protocols and furthermore to develop a culture of safety."

The News Organisations Safety Self-Assessment can be downloaded on our website (click here). You can also access this resource from most partner organisations' websites working on this initiative, including CPJ and the Dart Center.

Between now and World Press Freedom Day, May 3, we will be making the Self-Assessment available in five additional languages: Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic and Portuguese. These translations have been made possible thanks to the support of Committee to Protect Journalists.

The development of this resource was made possible with the generous support of the MacArthur Foundation and the Open Society Foundations.

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