WORKING TOGETHER TO 
 EMBED A CULTURE OF SAFETY 

THE ACOS ALLIANCE
THE ACOS ALLIANCE

WHO ARE WE?

 

The ACOS Alliance (A Culture Of Safety Alliance) is an unprecedented coalition of news organizations, freelance journalist associations and press freedom NGOs working together to champion safe and responsible journalistic practices for freelance and local journalists worldwide.  

 

The Freelance Journalist Safety Principles are at the heart of this joint initiative. The Principles are a comprehensive set of practices aimed at embedding a culture of safety across newsrooms and journalists worldwide.  

The Alliance works in conjunction with its sponsor, the Overseas Press Club Foundation.  


 

HOW DID WE COME ABOUT?

The brutal killings of freelance journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff in the summer of 2014 shocked many newsrooms and set in motion a chain of events that culminated in the creation of ACOS.  

 

In September 2014, a group of editors held private meetings in New York and Chicago to discuss how to respond to these murders and promote freelance journalists’ safety. During the following months, a volunteer committee made up of representatives of the Frontline Freelance Register, Reuters, The Associated Press, the Dart Center, GroundTruth Project and the Overseas Press Club drafted the Freelance Journalist Safety Principles, a document aimed at news organizations and freelancers alike that outlines a set of safety standards that freelancers and local journalists should be able to expect as a standard work environment.  

The six organizations whose representatives drafted the principles became the document’s first signatories. Soon after, the ACOS Alliance was created based on the importance of widely implementing these principles. Several other organizations, including the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Frontline Freelance Register, the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, Reporters without Borders and the Rory Peck Trust were involved in the creation of the Alliance.  


 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The ACOS Alliance board of directors is comprised of representatives from news organizations, press freedom NGOs and the freelance community. They are actively involved in our initiatives and provide strategic guidance to the Alliance.

 

President:

Maria Salazar-Ferro
Emergencies Director, Committee to Protect Journalists


Secretary:

Andréa Schmidt 
Freelance Journalist and Independent Filmmaker


Treasurer:

Jason Reich
Vice President of Corporate Security, The New York Times 

Members:

Mike Christie
General Manager, Global Logistics & Security, Thomson Reuters 

 

John Daniszewski
Vice President for Standards, Editor at Large, The Associated Press 

Anna Therese Day
Freelance Journalist & Frontline Freelance Register Board Member 

 

Mathias Dreissig
Editor, Deutsche Welle News 

 

Brigitte Dusseau
Director, Agence France-Presse North America 

 

Sally Fitton
High Risk Advisor, BBC 

 

Diane Foley
Founder and President, James W. Foley Legacy Foundation 

 

Sarah Giaziri
Director, Frontline Freelance Register 

 

Bill Holstein
President, Overseas Press Club Foundation 

Elisa Lees Muñoz
Executive Director, International Women's Media Foundation 

Finbarr O'Reilly
Freelance Photographer and Writer 

 

Clothilde Redfern
Director, Rory Peck Trust 

David Rohde
Executive Editor for News, The New Yorker 

Art Sotloff

Founder 2LIVES Steven Joel Sotloff Memorial Foundation 

Daniella Zalcman
Freelance Photographer