Since November 2017, when the English edition of the handbook was launched, it became one of the most important occupational safety guides for female journalists worldwide. It has been used as a reference in training courses organized by by Abeer Saady for JMIC in several countries. UNESCO and UN Women and other international organizations promoted it in their events and documents. Two academic researchers in Australia and Norway have evaluated it.
With the increase in the number of attacks on women journalists, and with the continued and increasing exposure to risks, especially in some countries of the Middle East, the Arabic edition is timely. It includes practical experiences for women journalists and correspondents around the world, especially in areas of conflict and armed struggle.
The Arabic edition of the handbook charts a path to safety for women journalists. Through eleven titles – on risk assessment, profile management, gendered based violence and harassment, travel safety, digital safety, equipment safety, crowd management, kidnapping, detention and psychological safety, social and ethical safety decisions, dealing with survivors and coverage of epidemics like the coronavirus – the handbook urges women journalists to reduce risks and protect themselves from all forms of threats.
The handbook is written by Abeer Saady, Vice President of IAWRT; a journalist and professional safety expert – who has trained hundreds of women journalists in conflict areas across the world. The English Edition is edited by Nonee Walsh and the Arabic one by Emad Nasif.
JMIC strongly welcomes this new version and hopes that this guide will be an important step towards more safety for Arabic-speaking female journalists, as the English edition has been. We hope for future editions in other languages.
Lina ben Mhenni, globally known as blogger “Tunisian Girl” before, during and after the Tunisian revolution in 2011, passed away last week, only 36 years old. She visited Norway and JMIC’s predecessor for a conference in 2013, and we also met her in Tunisia. She showed immense courage and inspired people from all generations in her home country. In an obituary published by Electronic Frontier Foundation, she is quoted characterizing digital activism: as “an efficient tool against censorship and dictatorship”, but she still believed that “action in the digital world must be combined with actions in the real world” (Jillian C. York, 27 Jan 2020).
How to teach War and Peace journalism: professional challenges when encountering propaganda and fake news.
In the last issue of the journal JOURNALISM EDUCATION (2019; 8:2), Elisabeth Eide and Rune Ottosen have published an article drawing on their extensive experience in teaching an MA course in war and peace journalism with students from a wide range of countries.