SAFE - Securing Access to Free Expression

SAFE - Securing Access to Free Expression

SAFE is IREX’s flagship effort to enable media practitioners and human rights defenders to work as safely as possible in closed and closing spaces. SAFE serves to equip media practitioners and human rights defenders with the means to resiliently continue their important work, and manage—as well as mitigate—the risks and threats they face in their day-to-day work uncovering injustices, reporting on corruption, and holding authorities accountable. SAFE addresses safety through the unique lens of digital identity, physical awareness, and psychosocial care by delivering trainings in five regions spanning the globe.

SAFE - Securing Access to Free Expression

SAFE is IREX’s flagship effort to enable media practitioners and human rights defenders to work as safely as possible in closed and closing spaces. SAFE serves to equip media practitioners and human rights defenders with the means to resiliently continue their important work, and manage—as well as mitigate—the risks and threats they face in their day-to-day work uncovering injustices, reporting on corruption, and holding authorities accountable. SAFE addresses safety through the unique lens of digital identity, physical awareness, and psychosocial care by delivering trainings in five regions spanning the globe.

Quick Facts

  • Over 1,250 journalists trained as of January 2017
  • Training participants represent over 14 countries
  • Of participants trained, 40% identify as female and 60% as male
SAFE journalists trained

Goals

  • Improve physical awareness, psychosocial care, and digital identity for media practitioners who are at risk globally.
  • Promote solidarity among journalists and media workers, both nationally and regionally, to build an enabling environment for the development of fortified groups, associations, and unions.
  • Connect media freedom groups, human rights defenders, and multilateral organizations.
The training showed me how vulnerable journalists often are when neglecting their physical and digital security. For that reason, looking after ourselves is a necessary step. SAFE Trainee

Project Activities

  • Safety Trainings: SAFE’s integrated safety trainings help journalists better navigate turbulent situations in order to provide alternative, independent media to their communities and the world.
  • Individual Risk Management Plans: SAFE creates IRMPs for journalists and media professionals who may become vulnerable to threats due to investigative reporting or other high-risk reporting activities.
  • Advisory Network: The program connects with media freedom groups, human rights defenders, and multilateral organizations through an advisory network. This network provides strategic guidance, participant vetting and referrals, and promotion of SAFE’s integrated safety approach within the media community.
  • Solidarity Events: SAFE uses solidarity events to bring together journalists and media workers, both nationally and regionally, to build a supportive and enabling environment for the development of fortified groups, associations, unions, and other platforms.

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