AFP launches blog dedicated to security
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Paris-based Agence France-Presse (AFP) has launched a blog entirely dedicated to security in the conviction that efficient sharing of information is the key to improving the safety of journalists working in danger zones.
A forum for information and dialogue on security, the blog is intended to be used by AFP’s own teams as well as by the editorial managements of major media who send staff to cover news on the ground. Users are required to comply with a “good conduct charter” which binds them to keep the information in the blog confidential.
Based on the extensive on-the-ground experience of AFP teams, the blog discusses security in the broad sense – the risks, both physical and psychological, faced by reporters covering the news as well as by photo and video editors, who increasingly have to handle extremely violent images.
A statement from AFP said the blog provided standard guidelines as well as specific, constantly updated recommendations on covering current crises (Ebola, Iraq and Ukraine today). These recommendations range from what itinerary to follow to what hotel to use and what equipment to take.
It also features accounts of journalists’ experiences during past crises and the kinds of events that are likely to reoccur, such as mass hostage takings and natural disasters. It provides set guidelines on a variety of issues such as secure transmissions and what a reporter’s travel bag should contain. Video tutorials on topics such as protective gear are also posted.
“In an environment that is increasingly risky for journalists on the ground, AFP has made security its top priority, investing in training and equipment to ensure the protection of its staff,” said Emmanuel Hoog, president and CEO of AFP.
“This blog complements our major efforts in this area, the objective being to share our experience and in particular to provide the entire community of journalists with the information that is essential to the safe operation of their missions.”
This tool will be enriched with contributions from AFP staff and from the Agency’s media clients who are asked to share their experiences, comments and questions. The blog also links to the websites of various experts, specialist centres, institutions and associations.
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