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IFJ Welcomes Successful Safety Training for Gaza Journalists in Egypt

April 24, 2009

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has today welcomed the successful safety training organised for Gaza Journalists which took place in Cairo from 20 to 22 April.

The training which was jointly organised by the International Institute for News Safety (INSI) and the IFJ and hosted by the Federation of Arab Journalists (FAJ) was attended by 18 journalists from the Gaza Strip.

"Safety training is vital for journalists working in hostile environments and nowhere else are conditions as challenging to journalists as in Gaza," said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. "We are delighted that our colleagues have completed the training and grateful to the FAJ for having made it possible."

Over the three-day workshop, journalists received training in safety and traumatic stress management techniques.

The 18 journalists who attended the training came from different newspapers and Palestinian media outlets based in Gaza.

The IFJ is confident that the knowledge and skills acquired from this training will help journalists in Gaza to better assess the risks to their safety and security which they continue to face on a daily basis.

"The knowledge of risk assessment is an important tool for journalists in Gaza," added White. "We will continue to monitor the needs of our colleagues and discuss ways of addressing them through our partnership with FAJ."

The safety training was a result of the IFJ led mission to Gaza in January.

The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 123 countries worldwide

For more information contact:
International Federation of Journalists
Phone: +32 2 235 2207

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