NUJP conducts basic safety security training

October 23, 2017 at 4:07 am Leave a comment

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 ANGELES CITY- Twenty one media practitioners from Metro Manila, Central and Northern Luzon attended the “Basic Media Security Training” conducted by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) at the Imerex Hotel here from October 14 to 15.

 The training was aimed at “promoting the UN Plan of Action  for safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity through documenting and promoting best practices.”

 During the two-day training, various topics were discussed.

Toby Woodbridge, a British and a former military member who fought in Afghanistan war, discussed how to cover conflict areas.

 He presented to the participants on how to identify risk areas and threats during pre-deployment and on protecting oneself during the news coverage.

 Woodbridge also demonstrated the various techniques on media safety and presented and discussed the contents of a medical kit.

 NUJP’s Chair on Media Security Johanna Ballaran, also a news reporter of Philippine Daily Inquirer, lectured  on “digital security”.

 She said media practitioners should keep themselves safe not just online, but while using computers, personal computers and smartphones.

 She also said media practitioners these days are susceptible to surveillance and this happens not just online, but also offline.

 Ron Lopez, a news reporter of ABS-CBN, lectured on how to cover the “war on drugs” under Duterte’s administration.

 He shared his experiences including the risks he encountered when he was covering the “war on drugs” in Metro Manila.

 After the lectures on the topics covered, participants also shared their experiences in their areas- the threats they encountered and the risks of media practitioners.

 The participants were urged to activate their chapters and elect their new officers prior to the NUJP’s national election of new officers.

 NUJP Chair Jo Clemente lauded the organizers and the participants for sharing their time and experiences during the training and led the distribution of the certificates of attendance.

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