International News Safety Institution
The International News Safety Institution provides real-time, practical information, training and research to help journalists around the world do their jobs safely.
INSI has provided basic safety training free of charge to journalists working/living in different regions of the world, including Africa (DRC, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, Tunisia, Zimbabwe), Middle East/Asia (Afghanistan, Gaza, Indonesia, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and West Bank), Europe (the Balkans, Chechnya, Dagestan, Ukraine, Turkey), and Americas (Brazil, Colombia, Haiti, Mexico, USA, Venezuela)
INSI offers support to both individual members, and international and national media organizations. These supports include, but not limited to:
- Access to contacts and resources when specific questions arise.
- Opportunities to influence the industry's policies and practices, and to share your experiences and practices with the industry.
- Support in lobbying governments and authorities to ensure safe working in hostile and difficult areas.
2) Media organizations:
- Places on INSI safety training courses for local staff members where available.
- Lunchtime briefings at the office on safety and security issues affecting your staff on the topics of your choice.
- Access to INSI-organized after work events on subjects such as crisis management, preparation and planning for hostile environments and covering protests or demonstrations.
- Invitations to hear guest speakers who are leading experts in their field from both the journalism and safety and security industries.
- Advice and consultations with INSI experts to help you plan your deployments to hostile environments.
- Real time information exchange and the latest safety and security advice direct from the field through membership in our email safety groups and secure website forums.
- Training: criteria include training in hostile environment; first aid; chemical, biological and radiological; driving; and others (kidnap and ransom).
- Equipment: criteria include body armor, armored vehicles, first aid and medical, chemical and biological protection, and GPS tracking and communications.
- Support: criteria includes risk management; close protection; intelligence; kidnap and ransom; and others (forensic, etc...)
- No Woman's Land: On the Frontlines with Female Reporters is a book that tells the stories of 40 female journalists from many countries who have covered conflict, disasters, corruption and civil unrests.
- Survey: violence against women journalists: an INSI's 40-page report named, “Violence and Harassment against Women in the News Media: A Global Picture”. It reveals the findings of a global survey conducted among nearly 1,000 female journalists. It provides the first comprehensive picture of the dangers faced by many women working in news media around the world.
- Response24: a specialist membership programme created by leading crisis management consultants, Security Exchanged. A response24 membership typically costs around $250-500 and covers the individual for an entire year. It is not affected by counter-terrorism legislation. Response24 covers kidnapping, wrongful detention, blackmail & extortion, extreme political unrest, terrorism, violent crime, and missing persons