Commitment to the International News Safety Institute
The Chartered Institute of Journalists (CIoJ) has re-affirmed its commitment to the work of the International News Safety Institute (INSI) as journalists continue to face death in the name of press freedom.
Fifty four journalists and media staff have died doing their jobs so far in 2012, including Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin, who died in Syria, bringing first hand reports of the terrible tragedies affecting ordinary people.
CIoJ General Secretary Dominic Cooper said: “Without pioneering journalists we would all be less informed about what is truly happening in the world.
“The CIoJ is happy to support INSI’s work because it maintains focus on protecting journalists on the frontline. These are the people who speak up to make sure that press freedom defies the boundaries put up by powerful individuals and cruel regimes across the world.”
The work INSI carries out is wide ranging. It provides safety training for dozens of journalists in countries including Liberia, Argentina, Zimbabwe and Iraq, where journalists are particularly at risk. It also educates journalists from more democratic countries on the dangers they could face, such as the recent “No Woman’s Land – On the Frontlines with Female Reporters” seminar to mark World Press Freedom Day.
Mr Cooper added: “As a professional body with journalist members across the world we are fully committed to INSI’s focus on fighting for journalist safety.”