Egypt: Working in Challenging Environments

A 3-day safety workshop for Egyptian photojournalists in Cairo

In November 2013, the Trust partnered with Al-Liquindoi Workshops, Contemporary Image Collective in Cairo, and TYR Solutions to fund the participation of eight freelancers on a 3-day HET course for Egyptian photojournalists.
The course was organised in response to a call from Egyptian photojournalists who are working in increasingly difficult and dangerous situations, including protests and riots, without any formal safety or first aid training. Via practical scenarios tailored to their needs, participants learned first-hand the importance of safety planning and risk assessment, how to operate safely 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 said that they had acquired crucial skills and knowledge that could completely change the outcome of a future situation.  With reports of the increased detention and targeting of journalists in Egypt at the start of 2014, this training proved timely and necessary.
The Doha Centre for Media Freedom were also funding partners.
Practising First Aid at the Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo. 
Photo: copyright CIC / Al liquindoi Workshops

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