IPC Trains Journalists on Safety, Digital Security in Kano

The International Press Centre (IPC), has concluded a two day capacity building training for selected Journalists on Safety and Digital Security in Kano.

The centre, said the training was designed to improve the overall safety, digital security as well as personal management of Journalists in the occasion of trauma instances while on duty lines.

The capacity-building training, which took place at Chilla Suites Hotel, attracted over 25 Journalists from print, online, and broadcast media stations in the state.

Flagging up the training, the IPC Executive Director, Mr. Lanre Arongundade said the capacity-building training becomes necessary concerning the rising threats to press freedom, safety, and security in the country.

He explained that the workshop seeks to enhance the capacity of media professionals on measures and mechanisms for ensuring safety and security, especially during investigative reporting, and the coverage of dangerous assignments and conflicts reportage.

Dr. Nura Ibrahim, Head, Department of Information and Media Studies, Bayero University, Kano who presented a paper on “Data and Digital Security Related Issues in Investigative Reporting and Coverage of Dangerous Assignments” noted that journalists need to be abreast with various laws and statutory provisions, as it will help in avoiding pitfalls in the discharge of their responsibilities.

The Media Expert re-echoed the need for journalists carrying out dangerous assignments to keep personal details and images off social media while developing effective digital security.

Speaking, a Senior lecturer, with the Department of Information and Media Studies, advised journalists to be security conscious and maintain safety while discharging their responsibilities.

According to University Don, economic security, legal security, job security, and physical security, among others, are key factors in ensuring safety and security for investigative journalists.

The workshop was organized by International Press Centre (IPC) with support from the MacArthur Foundation, Shehu Yar’adua Foundation, Luminate, Ford Foundation, and OSIWA, on Safety and Security Consciousness Mechanisms in Investigative Reporting and Coverage of Conflicts or Dangerous Assignments.

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