Tunisia: Safety for journalists in hostile environment

Tunisian journalist students took part in a three day training in safety (Photo: Hanene Zbiss)

Journalists and students from Institut de Presse et Sciences de l’Information (IPSI) in Tunis attended a training 13 – 15 February on “Safety for journalists in hostile environment”.

The training was animated by Abeer Saady, the main trainer, Marte Høiby, doctoral researcher and trainer in journalist safety and Amine Ben Massoud, doctoral researcher in media and communication sciences, and trainer in investigative journalism and field journalism.

At the outset of the training, Hamida El Bour, The IPSI director, declared that she is very happy by the partnership between Oslo Metropolitan University, IPSI and Article 19 and wished that “this partnership will continue in the future”.

The participants learned about identifying risks and risk management while working in hostile environments. Also, they focused on the best practices in field and the ethical challenges and dilemmas relevant to safety. Students were introduced to practical exercises with role plays and selected cases.

Furthermore, the training dealt with psychosocial safety and trauma, working undercover and challenges of dealing with violence and armed Jihadi groups.

The participants were very enthusiastic and interacted a lot with the trainers.

The training was an occasion to present for the first time in Tunisia, the global report 2017/2018 from UNESCO entitled “World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development”. It was presented by Professor Amine Ben Massoud from IPSI.

The main trainer was Abeer Saady, a former war correspondent from Egypt (Photo Hanene Zbiss)

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