An Important Message from the National Broadcast Department
AFTRA is monitoring the recent incidents of attacks on journalists across the country covering the “Occupy” demonstrations. Last weekend AFTRA broadcasters at KGW in Portland were attacked while covering the Occupy Portland protests.
As with all incidents involving the safety concerns of our members, AFTRA is engaged with our employers to make sure that the proper precautions are being taken to protect broadcast journalists and that our members are being provided with the appropriate equipment and training to be able to safely report in the field. As these situations continue to develop, broadcast journalists covering any Occupy protest are encouraged to increase their personal vigilance while reporting in the field. If you have a specific concern about your personal safety or the safety of your colleagues, please contact your Local AFTRA representative or you may contact Mary Cavallaro in the AFTRA National Broadcast Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AFTRA has always championed for journalist safety and continues to advocate for our members on this very important issue. Since 2008, the AFTRA Foundation has served as the U.S. home of the International News Safety Institute (INSI), a global organization dedicated to the safety of journalists and other news professionals. INSI provides an online safety forum which can be viewed at www.newssafety.org. INSI can also be followed on Facebook by clicking here.
Judith Matloff, North American Director of INSI recently reported to the AFTRA National Board and the AFTRA Broadcast Steering Committee regarding news safety. She will be travelling the country to discuss news safety for journalists, and AFTRA locals across the country are encouraged to participate. In light of the recent attacks on AFTRA members in Portland, Ms. Matloff provided us with a list of safety tips to be used while covering civil unrest. To see the complete list, click here.
To help us continue providing these safety resources, consider making a donation to INSI (check payable to the INSI Fund of the AFTRA Foundation), and send to:
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