INSI trains frontline Thai journalists
September 11, 2012 Leave a comment
By Red Batario
Twenty-nine female and male journalists from the print and broadcast media across Thailand joined the third of a series of safety training activities organized by the Thai Journalists Association (TJA) and the International News Safety Institute (INSI) Asia-Pacific Office on August 24 to 26, 2012 in Kanchanburi, Thailand.
Limpattamapanee Chavarong, TJA president, said the continuing partnership between INSI and TJA paves the way for enhancing the safety of Thai journalists working in hostile environments. The third training organized by the two groups was designed to provide journalists knowledge and skills in coping with difficult situations like covering and reporting civil unrest such as the Bangkok riots three years ago.
Chavarong said that the training will also prepare the journalists in covering Southern Thailand and the political upheavals in the country which can at times turn violent and deadly.
The Kanchanaburi activity was also designed to prepare several members of TJA to become safety trainers and is an important phase in the planned training of trainers that INSI and TJA aim to organize soon. Four TJA members who took part in the first two INSI hostile environment and first aid trainings organized and handled specific sessions. They were supervised and evaluated by the two INSI trainers who provided critiques and suggestions during the debriefing sessions every evening.
Red Batario is the Regional Coordinator for Asia-Pacific for the International News Safety Institute.