28.05.2014 - UNESCO Office in Beirut

Safety of journalists training workshop

UNESCO Beirut in cooperation with the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and Univesite Saint Esprit du Kaslik (USEK) conducted a three day extensive training workshop on safety for journalists at the USEK campus.

The training workshop which comes as part of UNESCO's programme for media development and capacity building for journalists tackled all related safety issues in order for journalists to cover the news and protect themselves in all kinds of environments.

The training included protection, international humanitarian laws, kidnapping and hostage situations, personal safety, first aid among other topics. It also included live testimony from experienced journalists working in the field.

Over 25 journalist students from USEK attended the training , all who will be graduating very soon and starting new journalistic careers. This project comes under the project “Promoting Freedom of Expression in Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen” funded by Sweden.

UNESCO puts safety of journalists as a priority in its efforts to develop media and support media workers. In this regard, UNESCO has developed a safety and impunity action plan and was adopted by the United Nations. This action plan is being implemented globally to ensure safety for media workers and bringing offenders to justice.  

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