Publication Date: May 2012
Research and Editorial Team: Frank Smyth, CPJ Senior Adviser for Journalist Security

With the cutbacks of newsrooms, more freelancers are reporting on their own risk. They often lack the back up by a strong network that provides contacts, financial and legal support. Therefore, it is crucial to check on the role the reporter is to play, the risks the assignment includes, and the legal and security support the media organization is able to provide if a problem occurs.

If for journalists backed by a newsroom network or reporting as a freelancer - the manual gives advice for the proper preparation for reporting in potentially dangerous situations or on critical issues and includes the following sections:

1. Basic Preparedness

2. Assessing and Responding to Risk

3. Technology Security

4. Armed Conflict

5. Organized Crime and Corruption

6. Civil Matters and Disturbances

7. Natural Disasters

9. Sustained Risks

10. Stress Reactions


The appendix contains checklists for security training, insurance providers, journalism resources and manuals, journalism organizations, other resources and a pre-assignment security assessment.

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