Safety and Security for Journalists

A free press is at the core of a free and democratic society, because it guarantees freedom of expression and access to information. However, a society where journalists are free to carry forward this task without fear of reprisal or intimidation is still a pipe dream. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) say more than 750 journalists have been killed since 2005 in the course of, or as a result of, their work. The reason you need to be on guard.

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6 Lessons

This course is designed to equip young journalists with knowledge and skills to be able to safeguard themselves against risks in their line of duty. The course will also help in creating awareness of the physical, psychological, and digital threats that journalists encounter in the course of their work. 

You will be able to:

  • Explain the meaning of safety and security and its approaches;
  • Identify basic security ideas and policy actions;
  • Clarify various forms of security especially how they constitute basic security management;
  • Propose safety measures to the management of both the natural and manmade threats to security;
  • Describe the dangers that exist today and analyse why they have increased.
  • Describe the dangers that exist today and analyse why they have increased.
  • Analyze why safety has become a major concern, and understand how the issue is broadly implicated within national, regional and international mechanisms for upholding human rights and humanitarian law.
  •   Describe how they can minimize dangers to themselves and others.

Course outline

In this course, you will study the following

  1. Unit 1: Introduction to Journalism Safety and Threats
  2. Unit 2: Understanding the legal framework governing the media in Uganda
  3. Unit 3: Personal safety and security
  4. Unit 4: Understanding the dynamics of Digital Security
  5. Unit 5: Covering demonstrations and civil unrests
  6. Unit 6: Mental preparedness and health for journalists

Eligibility:  Enrolled Candidates

You are required to register for this course and gain access to the learning materials, interact with other students and the instructor(s) while the course is taking place.

Please contact if you are having difficulties enrolling into this course.