Article 19 Holds Fourth Security And Survival Workshop For Photojournalists

The fourth security and survival workshop for photojournalists working in high-risk areas, organized by Article 19 and World Press Photo, took place from 22-25 May 2014 in Acapulco Guerrero, Mexico.

Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for photojournalists according to several international human rights organizations. A hostile climate of ongoing abuses by public officials and criminal organizations as well as a lack of public safety threatens freedom of expression all over the country. As a result, there is a lack of accurate, reliable and balanced information. This is why Article 19 has been developing safety courses since 2008, in order to protect the right of access to information as well as the life and integrity of all journalists.

Article 19 has been working with World Press Photo since 2011. Together, they have organized a series of workshops specifically designed for photojournalists, focusing on security and protection in high-risk areas. These free workshops aim to teach participants security skills, promote solidarity amongst photojournalists, and avoid self-censorship through adequate coverage.

The workshops are taught by a group of 14 photojournalists, recognized for their experience in high-risk areas. In collaboration with Article 19’s Mexico office, the trainers design the program, oversee the activities, and lead discussions on issues such as ethics, coverage during protests and demonstrations, self-defense, and digital security.

The trainers share their experience and expertise through an educational model that prioritizes group feedback in order to build knowledge. Participants are then encouraged to shift their awareness from getting an exclusive to one of safety in the field—for themselves and their colleagues—and, by doing so, professionalizing the journalistic work.

Through these workshops, Article 19 has trained 77 Mexican photojournalists and gradually built a local network of professionals who work safely and in solidarity.

Article 19 will organize the fifth security and survival workshop in Mexico in October 2014. For more information, including how to apply, visit their website.

Adapted from an Article 19 press release.

Posted August 22 2014

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