Egypt: Working in Challenging Environments

Egypt: Working in Challenging Environments
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 Written by Rory Peck Trust

Right now, Egypt is one of the most difficult and dangerous countries for journalists to work in. Yet few Egyptian freelancers receive any formal safety or first aid training.  Recently, the Trust collaborated on a training initiative for Egyptian photojournalists in Cairo. 

We partnered with Al-Liquindoi Workshops, Contemporary Image Collective (CIC) in Cairo, and TYR Solutions on a tailored 3-day HET course for Egyptian photojournalists in November 2013, funding the participation of four freelancers.

The course - "Working in Challenging Environments" - was set up in response to a call from Egyptian photojournalists who were looking for formal training that could help navigate and manage the dangers that they faced while reporting daily, including demonstrations and violent clashes.

Over three days, through formal lessons and practical scenarios, the group learned the importance of safety planning and risk assessment, how to operate on the ground, assess dangers, and spot weapons. They also learned about communications safety and digital security, and gained vital first aid skills and knowledge.

Participants said that they came away with a clear understanding of the need for preparation and risk assessment before and during assignments, and that they had acquired crucial skills and knowledge that could completely change the outcome of a future situation. 

With Committee to Protect Jounalists reporting an unprecedented level of attacks against journalists in Egypt, and widespread detentions, including the charging and imprisonment of journalists working for Al-Jazeera, this training proved timely and necessary.

The Doha Centre for Media Freedom were also funding partners.

Photo: Learning First Aid at Cairo's Contemporary Image Collective / copyright CIC|TYR_Solutions


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