30.03.19 - India Elections 2019: Journalist Safety Kit



India Elections 2019: Journalist Safety Kit

 
The Committee to Protect Journalists’ Emergencies Response Team (ERT) has compiled a Safety Kit for journalists covering the elections. It contains information for editors, reporters, and photojournalists on how to prepare for the election, and how to mitigate digital, physical and psychological risk.

India is scheduled to hold national and provincial elections from April 11 to May 19, 2019. As the country celebrates over 70 years of democracy, journalists are under pressure from attacks, harassment, cyber bullying, and government restrictions. At least five journalists were killed in relation to their work in India in 2018, including four who were mur- dered, according to CPJ research.

CPJ’s Emergencies Response Team (ERT) has compiled a Safety Kit for journalists covering the elections. It contains information for editors, reporters, and photojournalists on how to prepare for the election, and how to mitigate digital, physical and psychological risk.

Journalists requiring assistance can contact CPJ’s ERT program via emergencies@cpj.org or CPJ’s Asia program via research associate Aliya Iftikhar at aiftikhar@cpj.org or India correspondent Kunal Majumder at kmajumder@cpj.org.

CPJ’s Journalist Security Guide has additional information on basic preparedness and assessing and responding to risk. CPJ’s resource center has additional information and tools for pre-assignment preparation and post-incident assistance.