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High-risk journalism: How can journalists prepare?

In many countries around the world, journalists put themselves at high risk each day covering stories including drug-trafficking, guerrilla groups, violence and war.

Some claim that journalists interested in covering high risk stories should not wait for government action, but instead should receive special, military-like training, such as how to identify the sound of a firing weapon when reporting.

What do you think? Should journalists reporting from violent zones be required to engage themselves in military-driven training? If so, do you think this would turn prospective journalists away from entering the profession? Would such training interfere with journalistic values?

REPORTING FROM BATTLE FIELDS

For more than 15 years now,I have never worked as an arm chair journalist.Reporting from the remote and vast north Kenya,a region prone to frequent tribal,recurrent conflicts over resources,cross border raids and terror attacks,covering any story is quite often a risk affair.This explains why very important stories from the region are rarely covered and the few numbers,less than 10 full-time journalists in an area with more than 10 million people. More than a dozen have quit the career in few years owing to the risks,threats,frustrations and poor packages That aside,its tough working in such an environments and in some cases we have been forced to move,relocate without any help. To be save and work effectively,I believe a journalist in similar situation must take own security initiative,make assesments,security plan and learn military craft,i.e take cover,not to run when under attack, Thanks

Be cautious when you go to

Be cautious when you go to write anything writen by shamsul basunia from Dhaka, May 5, 2013 Journalists are to be alert on subject-matter which to be written or aired. For example, Asam is an Indian north-eastern state where a larger group of people engaged to fight for independence. If any journalist does not know about their fight he or she may easily fall into danger like death threat and so on. Violence may endanger anybody's life in anytime if he or she does not remain alert. Talking, sharing views and exchanging opinions are to be limited if any one does not know their socioeconomic and politico- culture environment that exists there.

Death reporter can't report

Major point, where reporter engage for making best story .At first how to safe? Journalists are writer not fighter. For best reporting always fight not to flight. I think conflict zone reporting and Sound tracking in conflict zone is one of the best training for journalists. Rakesh Chaudhary/Nepal

Protection of Journalists

We will fight with our working devices. On the other hand is the world ready to protect a journalist? I suppose it is just important for a journalist to be equipped combat wise in order to protect the truth that he has uncovered.

About journaliasts of Azerbaijan

There are many brave journalists who are inspired by their mission of delivering the truth to the public. They want to be first, they want to be best - nothing wrong with that. By at the mean time they want to wake people who are still sleeping and giving no damn about what has happened in our society in our time. Viva to journalists! Azerbaijani journalists are doing their best to achieve positive changes in our country. But the corrupted government doing "his best" to silence those who are talking out, telling the truth and criticizing mafia officials. That how Elmar Guseynov has been killed. That how Mamedali Novruzov died in jail. Many others have been beaten, tortured, imprisoned and humiliated. Our people are still silence, live in fear. But we believe that sooner or later people will wake up and will stop the outrageous government that robbing our country and insulting every leaving creature on our beloved land!

Sabina Salim

Yes, Journalists should be allowed to have a conceal weapon

Aloha,,,I strongly suggest that Journalists should be allowed to have a conceal weapon as they have put their lives at high risk to reveal the truth...

Journalist need protection!

Journalists in conflict zone is a challenge and an opportunity to implement the purpose of journalism that will bring great benefits to the community. In my opinion, this is not about fear in themselves journalists, but a combination of intelligence, expertise and moral force journalists.

When it comes down to a field conflict the priority is the protection. Who will protect journalists from threats that are very dangerous. Who is able to protect journalists? Who can save the journalists when arrested, taken hostage, and possibly killed?

This is the issue of journalists in our country, Indonesia. We are difficult to answer these questions. But we can not simply turn a blind eye to the victims who were killed due to military operations and security.

We need social networking, such as sharing knowledge of how to deal with threats, terorr and through conflict zone. basil.teha@gmail.com

Journalist need protection!

Journalists in conflict zone is a challenge and an opportunity to implement the purpose of journalism that will bring great benefits to the community. In my opinion, this is not about fear in themselves journalists, but a combination of intelligence, expertise and moral force journalists.

When it comes down to a field conflict the priority is the protection. Who will protect journalists from threats that are very dangerous. Who is able to protect journalists? Who can save the journalists when arrested, taken hostage, and possibly killed?

This is the issue of journalists in our country, Indonesia. We are difficult to answer these questions. But we can not simply turn a blind eye to the victims who were killed due to military operations and security.

We need social networking, such as sharing knowledge of how to deal with threats, terorr and through conflict zone. basil.teha@gmail.com

Journalism in high risk zones

Journalism in high risk zones has really turned out to be a hot topic being discussed worldwide these days. A sizable number of media professionals believe that journalist covering events in high risk zones should go on embed but at the same time quite large number of journalists including myself is against of embeded journalism, though it guarantee protection to the life a journalist in most of the cases but at the same time it megates independent journalism. Who else would better understand the risks while reporting in dangerous areas. Living in this Northwestern region of Pakistan where a so-called American sponsored war is being fought agianst Al-Qaeda and Taliban, we the journalists put our lives at risk while covering stories in Pakistani tribal areas as well as in some settled parts of NWFP. On one hand we are facing threats from militants while on the other the most serious rather deadly threat from our agencies and law enforcing squad. Media organisations are less bothered about imparting training on media men to tackle the situation if they are caught by a life risk. Some of the news agencies like AP and some other international media organisations do arrange military like training for their staff before sending them on an adventerous reporting. One thing i have learnt in my professional life that No story is worth dieing and journalists should take care of their lives themselves. we have lost lot of our friends and today their families are living miserable life. journalists need to be provided training as to how they could protect their life in dangerous situation and first aid if they got hurt. journalists need to be provided life jackets and bullet proof jackets before they are sent to risk zones. Arif Yousafzai Peshawar. arif.journalist@yahoo.com

Here we share some of our

Here we share some of our fellow journalists fate in Southern Philippines. A Republic which has abundant of resources but heavily infested by the corrupted politicians which now the people have to think about what will they do?.

JOURNALIST MURDERED IN SOUTH PHILIPPINES.

A Journalist and radio show host who frequently criticized corruption was shot dead in the South Philippines on Monday 17th November 2008, local radio reported.

ARISTEO PADRIGAO, who worked for radio station in Gingoong City on the Southern Island of Mindanao, had just dropped his daughter at school when a gunman on a motorbike shot him in the face, Radio Nation reported.

It was the seventh killing of a media worker in the Philippines in the year 2008.

The gunman who was wearing a crash helmet, escaped on his bike after the attack and was being hunted by the police, the radio said.

It is said the motive for the attack was not immediately known.

PADRIGAO was the 54th journalist killed in the Republic of the Philippines since President Arroyo came to power in 2001 and last will be in 2010.

In August, a radio and newspaper journalist, Ronald Julia, was also shot several times in Camarines Sur province in the eastern Philippines.

The Manila-based Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility said that the Philippines has become the “most dangerous place for worldwide journalists next to Iraq”.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists as well as the French group Reporters Without Borders have also both branded the Republic of the Philippines as the second most dangerous place for working journalists outside Iraq. Three journalists were killed in the Republic of the Philippines in the year 2007, while 12 were killed in 2006.

to tell the truth we must

to tell the truth we must involve in such situation to wittneses our selves the real conditon of what we going to report , i think several news organsation has provided their journalist with several training regardig to first secure in hostile zones ,

according to our proverb is

according to our proverb is "life-saving of drowning people is into hands of drowning people themselves". So my opinon is journalists must be required to engage themselves in military-driven training. if even your only aim is to get information in any case you must be alive to be able to report information. if you are dead all will be meaningless. In dangerous places you has to protect your life because nobody do it instead of you or simply be in right time and right place to protect your life.

i thinl that the most importnant thing is what kind of military-driven training should be.

Here in Somalia Journalists

Here in Somalia Journalists are in high risk, many journalists were killed in Somalia for the last year as they were doing their reporting from the fighting area and Somalia become the second country of killing journalists in the world while Iraq is the first, Nasteex Daahir Faarax who was working for the BBC Somali section was killed in Kismaayo this year and he was the last journalist who killed in Somalia. I believe that journalists especially in Somalia have no enough training from the violent zones; they have also much animosity among the fighting sides, because every side wants to report the war as they want. If journalists get enough training then they can survive from the ongoing death. I spoke many friends of mine journalists in the south Somalia and I always give advice to take care since they become target for the fighting sides.

It is right to say that we

It is right to say that we are not soldiers but journalists thus we are hungry for information, fighting with ourself to have the big scoop.I remember when I was a journalist, my very first experience was to interview diplomates and one day my collegue got the scoop and he went before me to fish for information. We should be soldiers in the way of treating information. We are the soldiers of information and proud to be. Nazma FOURRE

I think we do not have to

I think we do not have to reaction like a soldier. We are journalist we show our position as a journalist in those situation.People now appreciate what we have done,so if we were in covering drug-trafficking,guerrilla group,violence and war ,them who take rensposibility to the stuation they will protect us too,we have to adjust our self to that situation. Alfian Hamzah – an Indonesian Journalis spent his three months with Indonesian Special Forces in Aceh.He written astory of he’s long experience.with Indonesian Special Forces Red Barret. He called “ Pursue me you might send to school” He wrote totality what soldiers done in a military operations – everything . But he did not tell that he engage him self in military driven –training. Number one if we want to cover high risk situation is our mentality to be prepeare well before decide to enter the situation.But cover in the high risk is also the choice to be proud if not us who will it be

We should be proud to have

We should be proud to have been a journalist or to be a journalist. As an ex journalist, I was not afraid to cover events where there are some violence. I remembered once reporting on an accident during my past experience as a journalist overseas and some people were angry. They beated up my photograph and I jumped on a lorry to protect myself. I got close to my personal diary and ran to my editor's to tell him the news and about the misfortune we had especially my photograph who thanks lord received treatment and was recovering.It happened in a island . I think that journalists should be journalists no matter how hectic their job could be , it should be done with ease. i don't think that wars could prevent journalists to do their job.It is a blessed job and will always remain. Nazma FOURRE

Cerrtainly journalists

Cerrtainly journalists reporting form hazardous areas should receive a special training. As a journalist i have covered events in difficult areas here in Algeria. My military experience (I spent my military service in difficult areas during the civil war) help me very much. Of course this experience help me just to keep me alive, that's all. Of course a journalist is not a soldier and it's not his aim to do like a soldier. But a journalist has to keep himself alive and had to know how to avoid to be injured or killed. A soldier know how to move under the shoot of the ennemy. even a journalist has no ennemy on the field but he could be a target. Be careful.

As long as there are people

As long as there are people out there who don't want the truth to be told, Reporters' lives would always be at risk as they cover troubled spots around the world. Nobody actually trains against being killed. I wouldn't say there is any story worth paying for with someone's life but we just have to dare, in the hope that Almighty God (Allah) sees that we are just doing our job and protects us from vicious homo sapiens.

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