Safety

NSJU hotline and committee to support journalists

The National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NSJU) has put together a group "to monitor the situation and coordinate the actions of NSJU members during the war between Russia and Ukraine."
All hotlines (communication channels) are open for members of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine and all media outlets. Reception of messages is accepted:
in the Facebook messengers of the NSJU page, the personal accounts of the Chairman and the First Secretary of the NSJU; and to the e-mail addresses of the Union [email protected] and [email protected].
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НСЖУ

Media Safety Advisory for Journalists Covering Armed Conflict in Ukraine (IFJ)

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has published a media safety advisory with safety tips for journalists who will be covering the fighting from the front line, while travelling to and from war zones as well as in news rooms.
IFJ Media Safety Advisory for Journalists Covering Armed Conflict in Ukraine / IFJ
IFJGlobal

Essential Steps for Journalists in Emergency Situations (GIJN)

Journalists receiving threats may have to flee their homes in a matter of a few hours. Conflicts, though, are often foreseeable and that’s why those in fragile regions should have an exit plan in place and crucial documents ready to go. These documents will not just help reporters with travel, when needed, but may also help them to move to a safer region or country. The Global Investigative Journalism Network has listed what documents to gather as well as which organizations support journalists with relocation.
Essential Steps for Journalists in Emergency Situations
Global Investigative Journalism Network

IREX - SAFE

IREX’s flagship program Securing Access to Free Expression (SAFE) enables media practitioners and social communicators to work as safely as possible in closed and closing spaces.
SAFE equips individuals with the means to resiliently continue their important work, and manage—as well as mitigate—the risks and threats they face in their day-to-day work. SAFE addresses safety through the unique lens of digital identity, physical awareness, and psychosocial care by delivering trainings in five regions spanning the globe.
SAFE Basic Training Curriculum for Media Practitioners and Social Communicators
IREX

Ukraine Conflict – Resources for Journalists and News Organisations (WAN-IFRA)

The conflict in Ukraine presents numerous challenges to local and international journalists and news organisations in how to cover the Russian military invasion safely and securely. A number of media support organisations are making resources freely available to help guide journalists on the ground and news editors working from outside the country. This article by the World Association of News Publisher presents key resources to guide journalists and news organisations to safely provide coverage of the Ukraine crisis.
Ukraine Conflict - Resources for Journalists and News Organisations - WAN-IFRA
WAN-IFRA

Physical Safety: War Reporting

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has compiled recommendations to mitigate risks when reporting from the front lines of a conflict. "All war correspondents should have hostile environment training, up-to-date medical training, and the correct safety equipment before going on assignment in a conflict zone."
Physical Safety: War Reporting
Committee to Protect Journalists

Arrest and Detention

"Covering certain stories–such as human rights abuses, corruption, or civil unrest–can place you at a higher risk of arrest and detention, particularly in countries with authoritarian regimes or with a heavy militarized and police presence."
Physical and Digital Safety: Arrest and detention
Committee to Protect Journalists

NUJ: journalists' war zone safety

Ukraine: journalists' war zone safety

Telegram course: Reacting to a chemical attack

Thomson Foundation has created a unique easy to access course for local journalists available via the encrypted messaging service Telegram with the help of chemical and biological weapons expert Hamish de Bretton-Gordon.
‘Reacting to a chemical attack’ is designed to take just 15 minutes or less on a smartphone. The course will guide users on the types of chemical and biological weapons that have been used in recent years and how to recognise them. Typical symptoms are listed alongside what to do in the event of a chemical attack.
The course is designed for local journalists in particular as they may not have access to the safety experts and kit (such as gas masks) that are available to staff working for large international news organisations.
The course is available only on smartphones via Telegram. It is available in both Ukrainian and English.
Ukrainian version:
In the Telegram app, search: TFT01uk_bot
Or phone click: t.me/TFT01uk_bot (Telegram account required)
English version:
In the Telegram app, search: TFT01en_bot
Or phone click: t.me/TFT01en_bot (Telegram account required)
Telegram course: Reacting to a chemical attack
Thomson Foundation