Building a Safety Information Network to Offer High Quality Media Training
A forthcoming study to be published by INSI Latin America Office shows that two thirds of the journalists murdered in a decade were journalists investigating political corruption or economic crimes (so called parallel powers) and 74% of them were working for radio or written Media1. These journalists, potentially most affected by violence, usually do not have the means to access timely information on security or acquire the necessary skills and hence are most at threat. This project proposes to develop a way of delivering in a timely and economic mean security information and skills to those frontline reporters in order to make them minimize risks and allowing them to continue investigating sensitive matters such as corruption and economic crimes in their countries. These skills will reinforce the process already set in place by INSI of transferring safety skills to journalists in Latin America through regular training courses and training of trainers program. To this end a group of 50 assignments or investigations entailing risks due to their location or subject- will be selected and monitored from a security optic by a group of 10 experts for eight months. NGO´s and Press Freedom groups (such as the Committee to Protect Journalists, CPJ, the International Federation of Journalists, IFJ, and the International Committee for the Red Cross, ICRC) and security training companies (AKE, TOR) will select the experts or monitors of the journalists work. At the end of the monitoring experience the journalists will be asked to elaborate security recommendations for their peers in their country or on other risky matters that will be subsequently published in order to disseminate safety skills and develop safety standards for the region. The project will contribute to INSI´s regional Latin America Office capacity to counsel in security issues and strength of its regional network. The elements included in the project are contributing to a better development of investigative capacity in journalism; active partnership and consultation with experimented investigative journalists and security experts; strengthening institutional capacity in the LAC region to advice and counsel in security skills journalists most at need; and generating relevant security information of risk areas in the LAC region specific to journalism allowing tailored high quality training.