JMIC conducted a safety training for journalists in Addis Ababa last week, in collaboration with Addis Ababa University and NLA University College.
The training 27-29 January 2020 was attended by journalists from Ethiopia as well as neighbouring countries Eritrea, South Sudan and Rwanda.
The four countries have different challenges regarding safety for journalists, but they all experience a volatile situation for the media.
Ethiopia has planned elections in August 2020 which are expected to cause challenges for different parts of the media.
The main trainer in the workshop was Abeer Saady, who has conducted similar trainings in for example Uganda, Tunisia, Pakistan and Indonesia.
There were also contributions by Dr. Mulatu Alemayehu from Addis Ababa University, who spoke about the particular challenges facing Ethiopian journalists.
Lydiah Gachungi, UNESCO’s Regional Advisor on Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists, also presented a plan for coordination of journalists’ safety mechanisms in Africa.
The training was attended by 17 journalists from the four countries.