SAFE - Securing Access to Free Expression

SAFE - Securing Access to Free Expression

SAFE is IREX’s flagship effort to enable media practitioners and social communicators to work as safely as possible in closed and closing spaces. SAFE equips these individuals 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. SAFE addresses safety through the unique lens of digital identity, physical awareness, and psychosocial care by delivering trainings in four regions spanning the globe.

SAFE - Securing Access to Free Expression

SAFE is IREX’s flagship effort to enable media practitioners and social communicators to work as safely as possible in closed and closing spaces. SAFE equips these individuals 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. SAFE addresses safety through the unique lens of digital identity, physical awareness, and psychosocial care by delivering trainings in four regions spanning the globe.

Quick Facts

  • More than 1,800 journalists trained since April 2013
  • Training participants represent more than 14 countries
  • Of participants trained, 44% identify as female, 56% as male
The project trained more than 1,800 journalists from 14 countries. The gender balance is 44% women and 56% men.

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.
  • Provide equitable access to all activities and to advance the rights of all, including those facing marginalization and discrimination. SAFE works to specifically include members of marginalized communities in program activities and to address their safety needs.
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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