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Handbook for Journalists

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Published April 17 2007, updated on April 19 2013.

Handbook for Journalists

Reporters Without Borders, with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has compiled and updated this book for journalists going to dangerous parts of the world, listing international norms for protecting themselves and containing advice on how to stay alive and safe.

Topical questions include: What are the basic rules in a war zone? What are the first things to do when somebody is wounded? What protection does a journalist have in a war zone?


  • Preface
    • Chapter 1 - Key documents about protecting journalists in war zones 
    • Chapter 2 - Health precautions 
    • Chapter 3 - Safety behind the lines 
    • Chapter 4 - Safety in war zones 
    • Chapter 5 - Protecting journalists and other media staff: the example of the BBC [British Broadcasting Corporation]
    • Chapter 6 - First aid for the wounded and injured
    • Chapter 7 - Role of the media in humanitarian and public health emergencies
    • Chapter 8 - Protection offered by Reporters Without Borders 
    • Chapter 9 - Psychological trauma: managing traumatic stress 
    • Chapter 10 - Relations with the ICRC [International Committee of the Red Cross]
    • Chapter 11 - Basic press freedom documents 
    • Chapter 12 - Key documents about journalistic ethics
  • Appendices
    • Appendix 1 - Useful addresses 
    • Appendix 2 - Reporters Without Borders: introduction and contacts 
    • Appendix 3 - Insurance policy for freelance journalists and photographers on assignment 
    • Appendix 4 - Training for journalists going to work in dangerous areas

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