ICFJ: Working to Protect Journalists’ Safety

Nov 32015

Shooting The Messenger

On November 2, we mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. The day was created two years ago through a UN General Assembly resolution that condemns violence against journalists and urges actions to ensure journalists’ safety and to hold accountable those who commit violence against media professionals.

More than 700 journalists have been killed in the past decade for reporting the news, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Only 7 percent of cases involving crimes against journalists are resolved. The impunity with which journalists around the world are attacked and silenced deepens fear and emboldens those who would stop the truth from coming to light.

At the International Center for Journalists, our experts are working harder than ever to protect courageous journalists who put their lives on the line to bring us the news. Our digital security experts like Knight International Journalism Fellow Jorge Luis Sierra have created tools to help journalists assess and manage risks, and help protect their work from cyberattacks.

We have trained more than 5,000 colleagues over the past four years – in person and online – to use the new tools and other resources designed to keep them safer. In addition, courses and handbooks developed by our experts have enabled others to expand our reach.

At ICFJ, journalist safety is a top priority as our colleagues around the world face increasing threats.

The challenges are detailed in a new UNESCO report, World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development.

Image: CC-Licensed, thanks to UNESCO on Visually.