INSI’s Hannah Storm produced a panel discussion of women journalists for News Xchange 2012 (News Xchange)
November has been a month of real transition at INSI, with the departure of our founding Director and President and the arrival of a new team to lead INSI into its second decade.
We know there has never been a greater need for an organisation such as ours, dedicated to the safety of journalists around the world. We deliver safety advice and training to those who need it most, while working closely with those who make the decisions to send journalists into dangerous and potentially hostile places.
Sadly, as we look ahead to the work we need to do, the reality is that we are heading towards the darkest year on record for the safety of journalists.That was the sombre and compelling message delivered by INSI to the United Nations Interagency meeting on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity earlier this month in Vienna.
As we approach the final weeks of 2012, we are aware of 121 colleagues who have died or been killed because of their work so far this year. Fourteen of those were killed in November. And yet, this dark month coincided with what appears to be a concerted movement by the international community to work together to do something to change this dire situation. Hence, INSI was pleased to play a role in the Vienna meeting and take part in the discussions there with different UN agencies, member nations and non-governmental organisations about how this approach might improve the safety of journalists.
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