Safeguarding media in Afghanistan – The history of the Afghan Journalist Safety Committee

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Safeguarding media in Afghanistan – The history of the Afghan Journalist Safety Committee
Presenter(s) susanna Inkinen, Najib Sharifi
Organization(s) International Media Support/Afghan JOurnalist Safety Committe
Country(ies) Afghanistan
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2017 theme Journalism & Media

The session, which is hosted by Afghan Journalist Safety Committee (AJSC) and International Media Support (IMS), focuses on how and why to set up local safety mechanisms for media in war zones and countries in transition. The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AFJC) is a locally led safety mechanism advised by a network of journalists, unions and civil society representatives and supported by IMS. To date, AJSC remains the only countrywide safety and protection mechanism in Afghanistan, and is the only worldwide mechanism practicing the broad approach of safety model developed in Afghanistan since 2008. The model is implemented in several other countries also, like Pakistan, Iraq, Myanmar, Somalia and soon in Bangladesh too, Regional safety coordinators in eight hubs and a number of volunteers manage an alert and emergency system, liaising with journalists under threat and providing updates on violations and changing circumstances for media to the AJSC headquarter in Kabul. Basic services include various types of trainings for both male and female journalists, legal advice, a 24/7 hotline, safe houses and a safety fund coupled with efforts to influence media law and other legal reforms through advocacy efforts. International Media Support (IMS) and the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC) have carried out safety related activities in Afghanistan since 2008 with a view to increase safety and protection of media workers by focusing on the female media workers and supporting the professionalization of Afghan media. AJSC’s work builds on a community based risk management method, tailored to the specific context in Afghanistan and IMS’s broad approach on safety training package. The aim is to create practical and durable solutions to journalists in danger, and establish strong provincial emergency and rapid response solutions in cooperation with the Human Rights Defenders (HDRs) and other relevant stakeholders.

Format Conversation
Target Groups journalists, policy makers,
Length 1
Skill Level Novice
Language English

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