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UNESCO Supports Journalists Safety Training in Democratic Republic of Congo

23-03-2005 (Paris)
50 journalists from the Democratic Republic of Congo and from other countries in the region attended two UNESCO supported training seminars on the security of journalists, which were organized by the International News Safety Institute (INSI) from 27 February to 8 March in Kinshasa and Bukavu.
The trainings seminars, organized in coordination with Journalists en Danger and the Réseau des Radios et Télévisions de l'Est du Congo (RATECO) tackled a variety of security issues often faced by Congolese journalists.

Among other things, participants are taught about personal safety, pre-deployment planning, conflict management, dealing with hostile crowds, ballistic awareness and reaction to shooting, checkpoints, abduction and basic first aid.

UNESCO is working closely with INSI, a non-governmental organization that was established on 3 May 2003 by a unique coalition of news outfits, journalist support groups and humanitarian campaigners, to serve as an effective safety net for journalists and other media staff working in hostile environments.

Other safety trainings have been supported by UNESCO in conflict and post-conflict countries such as Afghanistan, Indonesia, Iraq, Nepal and Philippines.
Related themes/countries

      · Training of Media Professionals: News Archives 2005
      · Freedom of Expression: News Archives 2005
      · Congo (Democratic Republic): News Archive
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