CPJ Journalist Security Guide


The Journalist Security Guide from The Committee to Protect Journalists offers a comprehensive web-based guide that focuses on all elements of safety and response in situations that the media may find themselves in.

This excellent summary is written by Frank Smyth, CPJ Senior Adviser for Journalist Security, with a chapter on Technology Security by CPJ Staff Technologists Tom Lowenthal and Danny O’Brien.

The guide covers:

Basic Preparedness

  •     Foreign Correspondence
  •     Domestic Journalism
  •     Press Credentials
  •     Insurance Coverage
  •     Medical Care and Vaccinations
  •     Personal Precautions

Assessing and Responding to Risk

  •     Security Assessment
  •     Sources and Information
  •     Security and Arms
  •     Sexual Violence
  •     Captive Situations
  •     Responding to Threats

Technology Security

  •     Planning for Safety
  •     Understanding the Threat
  •     Protecting Communications
  •     Defending Your Data
  •     Remote Data
  •     Choosing a Strong Password

Armed Conflict

  •     Security Training
  •     Protective Gear
  •     Embedded or Unilateral
  •     Rules of War
  •     Checkpoints
  •     Satellite Technology in Hostile Environments

Organized Crime and Corruption

  •     Basic Preparedness
  •     Planning an Investigation
  •     Approaching Hostile Subjects
  •     Accessing Information
  •     Collaborative Efforts
  •     Warning Signs

Civil Matters and Disturbances

  •     Accident, Fire, and Rescue Scenes
  •     Crime and Terrorist Scenes
  •     Stories Involving Private Property
  •     Protests and Riots

Natural Disasters

  •     Freelance Risks
  •     Newsroom Planning
  •     Transportation and Equipment
  •     Field Safety

Health Epidemics and Mass Hazards

  •     Basic Preparedness
  •     Protecting Yourself

Sustained Risks

  •     Personal Security
  •     Family Security
  •     Surveillance
  •     Solidarity
  •     Contingency Planning

Stress Reactions

  •     Signs of Stress
  •     Taking Care of Yourself

Click here to visit The CPJ Journalist Security Guide

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