20th July 2017
Safety is an issue that does not garner as much attention as it should in the field of journalism. Journalists, risking their lives getting credible information and news to the public, should not only be safe but also secure physically, psychologically, professionally and digitally. Realizing this importance, Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists with the support from Free Press Unlimited-The Netherlands organized a safety training for journalists from different districts, including Kathmandu.
The two-day training was split in terms of different components of safety. The physical and professional safety was discussed by Mohan Mainali, a media expert, who stressed upon the importance of keeping in account the possible threats that could happen during reporting and also the possible precautions one could opt for. Meanwhile, issues related to gender safety were highlighted by Nitu Pandit, Vice Chairperson at Association of Women Communicators Nepal, who shared relevant stories and shed light on the present context to elucidate the concept. Likewise, Ujjwal Acharya, South Asia Program Coordinator at International Federation of Journalists Asia-Pacific and an IT Expert, made the journalists aware about the different digital threats that could jeopardize personal safety and further emphasized on minimizing it with simple interventions.
The training, which had participation of 18 journalists in total, was organized in Shaligram Hotel, Jawalakhel on 19th and 20th of July, 2017.