- Journalism Safety Seminar, Freedom Forum European Center – 1997 (PDF format)
One of the first discussions on Journalism Safety was held on 26 September 1997 at the Freedom Forum European Centre in London. Chris Cramer, then a senior executive with CNN and today the new head of video for the Wall Street Journal, described proper safety training as being “as much a tool of the trade as a camera or a hire car”.
- Martha Gellhorn at the roundtable discussion entited “Women on the Frontlines: Do Women Have a Diffrent News Agenda”, Freedom Forum European Center – 1996 (PDF format)
“The thing about objectivity absolutely fascinates me. The assumption being that the reporter is made of plastic or something of the sort, and has no reaction to anything. You know, you’re supposed to see death and distruction and just regard that as if you have no opinion about it. I find that absolutely mad. I don’t see how any human being, male or female, cannot react to what it sees, and we react emotionally, not only intelectually”. Martha Gellhorn
- The power of pictures: photojournalism in the digital age, Freedom Forum European Center – April 2001 (PDF format)
This event helped raise funds for the Indo China Memorial Fund created to train and equip photojournalists in Vietnam. Leading photojournalists donated prints to be auctioned off with proceeds going to the IMMF. Two of the those who helped create the IMMF and organise its training were Horst Faas, two-times a Pultizer Prize winning photojournalist for AP amd John Shepherd, an award-winning documentary producer. Horst died last year. Shepherd died in 2009.
- Dangerous Lives: War and the men and women who report it, Freedom Forum European Center – April 2001 (PDF format)
This event served to launch the groundbreaking study by Dr. Anthony Feinstein of journalists of the pyschological toll taken on war correspondents and media teams. This was one of the first gatherings to discuss this issue that until Dr. Feinstein’s study had been ignored. Few news executives at that time knew anything about what journalist and therapist Mark Brayne would join up as “emotions, trauma, and good journalism.”
- How to bring the killers of journalists to justice, Freedom Forum European Center – March 2001 (PDF format)
This event was held in association with the Paris-based journalists’ rights group Reporters sansFrontieres (RSF) to dramatise the harsh reality that few killers of journalists were or are ever brought to justice. Speakers included Jeremy Bowen of the BBC and Lindsey Hilsum of Channel 4 News. Last year 159 journalists and media workers were killed or murdered according to INSI. This year 16 journalists or media workers have already lost their lives.
- Setting the Standard European Center Freedom Forum, September -2000 (PDF format)
This event was held after the shocking deaths of two of the most respected international journalists, Kurt Schork of Reuters and Miguel Gil of Associated Press, in Sierra Leone. It led to the creation of a pan-broadcaster and agency Security Advisory Group led by the BBC’s Richard Sambrook. Christiane Amanpour of CNN chaired this often emotional meeting. Speakers included Roy Gutman then of Newsday & Vaughan Smith the founder of the Frontline Club.
- Alan Johnston & Journalists Held Hostage: What news organisations need to know, NewsXchange Berlin – 2007 (video)
Alan Johnston was the featured speaker at the NewsXchange 2007 Berlin Conference on journalists held hostage. Johnston was kidnapped and held hostage in Gaza in 2007. What should news organisations do when one of their journalists is kidnapped? And what is the psychological damage to them after they have been released. Joining Johnston on the panel was Dr. Anthony Feinstein, University of Toronto Sunnybrook and a leading authority on PTSD and conflict journalism. Chairing the panel was Anita McNaught now a correspondent for Al Jazeera Engish TV. Parts 2 and 3 can be found on my Youtube channel.