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)

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INSI offers support to both individual members, and international and national media organizations. These supports include, but not limited to:


1) Members:

- 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