The Rory Peck Training Fund makes hostile environment training affordable for freelancers all over the world. Launched in 2000, the Fund has given hundreds of bursaries to freelance journalists, photographers, camera operators and filmmakers, enabling them to gain the vital skills and knowledge needed for work in hostile environments.
In September 2019, the Rory Peck Trust and ACOS Alliance supported a four-day course in personal safety, first aid, legal issues, and digital security for Cambodian freelance journalists. The training was funded by the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy.
“Most freelancers in Cambodia work independently. We face a lot of problems, especially when we go to the field or the province, when we cover strikes or protests. The training was very useful for us. Before this, we didn’t know how to protect ourselves. When we go to the forest or when we cover protests, sometimes we don’t know where to stand, where to hide from a bullet, or the rocks that the protesters throw. I’ve learned a lot in this training. We now know how to react when we see something unsafe.”
In August 2019, the Rory Peck Trust partnered with the Justice for Journalists Foundation to deliver a five-day safety training course developed for Russian-speaking media professionals coming from Russia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Belarus, Armenia, and Uzbekistan. The course was supported by local partner Human Rights House Tbilisi.
“This was a rare case when I’ve got no negative comments on the organisation of the training. You were great! All perfectly managed. Thank you very much to the organisers.”