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The Alliance is in Gothenburg Sweden this week learning about the latest safety challenges for watchdog journalists and chairing a session showing journalists how to find help in emergencies.

Four panelists from ACOS Alliance, FPU, GFMD and CPJ discuss Help in Emergencies
ACOS Exec. Director Elisabet Cantenys (far L) chairs the Help in Emergencies session at #GIJC23 | Photo: c/o ARIJ

The Global Investigative Journalism Conference is the world's largest international gathering of investigative journalists. It's organised bi-anually by ACOS signatory the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) and includes a dedicated strand of sessions dedicated to investigative journalism safety and protection.

ACOS Executive Director, Elisabet Cantenys was invited to chair the session Help in Emergencies, which included speakers from Committee to Protect Journalists, Free Press Unlimited and Global Forum for Media Development - all of them with long experience of aiding journalists in crisis. The panel shared tips and strategies for journalists who find themselves in emergency situations or are forced to flee their home, covering issues such as digital and physical security, funding for travel and rent and support to continue reporting. They also explored preventative safety measures and strategies.

The session highlighted helpful resources which are contained in the following tipsheet.

Tipsheet Help in Emergencies GIJC2023_final (1)
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