October 31, 2012 Leave a comment
• The International News Safety Institute has counted six casualties this month, three of whom were from Somalia – a sign of the rapidly deteriorating situation there. Somalia is now the second most dangerous country in the world for journalists this year, only surpassed by Syria. As of the end of October, the figure for news media casualties since the start of the year is 107, suggesting that 2012 will be one of the darkest years for journalist safety in recent history.
• Across the globe, another one of the world’s most dangerous countries for the news media has been the focus of INSI safety work. Brazil has consistently been in the top 10 most deadly nations for our profession in the past decade, and seven have been killed there this year, with many more attacked and threatened. INSI is currently training 12 journalists so they can in turn provide safety training to their colleagues. Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, via the British Embassy in Brasilia, we are partnering with Abraji, the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism and the following unions: Sindicato dos Jornalistas do Município do Rio de Janeiro, Sindicato das Empresas de Radiodifusão, Sindicato das Empresas de Jornais e Revistas. To keep up to date with INSI’s training projects click here.