Protecting the Truth: Journalist Safety

2012 has been a record year for journalist deaths, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). On November 20th, during a week of intense Israeli missile strikes, a building containing several media agencies in Gaza was bombed, killing three journalists and injuring many others.
Experienced journalists and human rights defenders suggest the following safety strategies:
1-    Pooling resources: media organizations should coordinate staffing with each other in risky situations. Share safety information and logistical support.
2- Staying Connected: constantly check in with people you trust so they will miss you immediately if you disappear.
3-    Interacting: Use traditional tools and social media to interact with people and colleagues locally and internationally. Create dialogue and build communities before you are in a dangerous situation
Social Media & Internet Safety
1- Change your passwords often, DO NOT use personal info in your passwords. Keep your password secret. Never leave your computer with your email opened.
2- Don’t open pop-ups links when surfing the web.
3- Never enter confidential info in cyber cafes or public wi-fi spaces.
4- When chatting on Gmail, select “Off the record” to keep your conversation from being saved.
5- Learn how to publish anonymous blogs: globalvoicesonline.org

Additional Safety Information for Journalists

Protecting yourself using social media. News Safety: http://www.newssafety.org/casualty_news.php?id=270

Journalist Security Guide. CPJ (English): http://cpj.org/reports/2012/04/journalist-security-guide.php
Journalist Security Guide. CPJ (Arabic): http://cpj.org/ar/2012/04/019208.php
A Survival Guide For Journalists. IFJ (English): http://www.ifj.org/assets/docs/130/082/d325b82-f8ef152.pdf
Safety First.  Journalists at Risk. http://www.journalistsatrisk.org/?article=55#Articles
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