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How to protect yourself when reporting on unrest and street protests




The International News Safety Institute released a series of recommendations for journalists covering protests and unrest following the recent attacks against journalists in London and other cities in the United Kingdom.

The Institute reported that photographers were beaten, their cameras stolen or damaged, and many were threatened or forced to flee areas of violence. In Latin America, a Bolivian journalist was attacked while covering a recent protest; in Venezuela, most attacks against journalists take place during street protests.

Below are a few of the Institute's recommendations for safely reporting on protests and public unrest.

• Always carry press identification, but hide it in case it draws too much attention.

• Carry a cell phone with emergency numbers saved on speed dial.

• Have a first aid kit and know how to use it.

• Wear fitted clothing and do not wear inflammable material. Avoid synthetic fabrics.

• Carry a backpack with enough food and water for a day in case you can't leave an area.

• If you're a reporter, you do not need to be in the middle of a crowd to cover an event. If you're a photographer or cameraman, try to shoot the scene from high vantage points.

• If you're covering events from a rooftop, be sure that there is an unobstructed escape route.

Recommended equipment:

1. Baseball helmet
2. Protective goggles for tear gas
3. Boots with good traction and ankle support
4. First aid kit
5. Knee pads
6. Earplugs
7. Bullet-proof vest
8. Fire retardant spray
9. Fire-proof undergarments
10. Steel-toed boots



3 comments

 
HisGadget wrote 6 years 4 weeks ago

Another tip that may help

Another tip that may help that i learned from outdoor club. Take a card with your name, emergence contact info and blood type listed, covered by a waterproof bag.

 
Jesus Castillo | Subir Volumen Muscular wrote 6 years 4 weeks ago

Thanks

Great publishing. Your recommendations are good for every journalist at hot spot. Good Work.

 
Clean Mac wrote 6 years 5 weeks ago

Thanks, Tania! Your

Thanks, Tania! Your recommendations are good for every journalist at hot spot, as well casual people I guess. Earplugs - is the must!

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