Join ICFJ in the fight to protect journalists
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Journalists across the globe risk their lives every day to bring news and information to their communities and the world. In some regions, the threat has increased as terrorists and drug lords attack reporters, photographers and other innocent victims to strike fear or exact ransom. Journalists have been arrested, tortured, even beheaded in recent years. The job – so essential to democracy and good governance – becomes more dangerous every day.
At the International Center for Journalists, we work with thousands of participants each year, raising their professional skills and tech know-how, so they can produce high-quality coverage. Now, more than ever, we also need to protect courageous journalists who put their safety and their lives on the line. We are actively promoting a culture of digital and mobile security for journalists and bloggers in countries such as Mexico and Iraq where they face grave threats.
Through our journalist safety programs, ICFJ has trained nearly 5,000 colleagues over the past four years – in person and online. In addition, courses and handbooks designed by our experts have enabled other trainers to expand our reach.
ICFJ’s digital security experts have also created tools to help journalists assess and manage risks, and to protect their work from cyberattacks through measures such as encryption. Jorge Luis Sierra, a digital security strategist and Knight Fellow working for ICFJ, is now developing new assessment apps and safety strategies for reporters in danger zones.
Above all, participants say the training is helping to keep them safe.
Through our prestigious Knight Awards, we also recognize journalists doing excellent work under stressful conditions, often despite direct threats to themselves and their colleagues. These have included:
- Rocío Gallegos and Sandra Rodríguez, who report on drug trafficking, money laundering and organized crime in Juárez, one of the most dangerous cities in Mexico.
- Roman Anin, an investigative reporter who sheds light on Russia’s rampant corruption and demonstrates how it reaches far beyond the country’s borders.
- Umar Cheema, a reporter for a Pakistani daily, The News, and a resolute force in investigative journalism for more than a decade. In 2010, he was kidnapped and brutally tortured for writing critical stories about the government. Still, he continues his investigations.
By recognizing these brave journalists, ICFJ raises their international profile and expands their community of support. Journalists’ safety and press freedom are central to everything we do.
ICFJ is at the forefront of the news revolution. Our programs empower journalists and engage citizens with new technologies and best practices. Over 30 years, we have worked with more than 87,000 media professionals and citizen journalists in 180 countries. Help us make sure that the people who risk so much to bring us the news can protect themselves in a perilous era.
For more information, go to www.icfj.org.