Tunis, 29 March 2016:
The Libyan Institute for Advanced Studies (LIAS) and Rory Peck Trust, have organised a workshop for Libyan freelance . . .[restrict]journalists and photojournalists improve their professional skills and protect themselves while on the job. Fifteen Libyan journalists are taking part in Amman, Jordan, in the six-day event which started yesterday and finishes on 2 April.
Although there is training on writing and reporting, a particular focus is security and risk assessment for journalists working in Libyan conflict zones.
“Working as a freelance journalist in Libya can be highly dangerous and difficult,” said LIAS Operations Director Mahmud Ben Zahra. There was a time when journalists were considered off-limits to violent factions. Today they are targets. This course aims to give freelancers the knowledge they need to protect themselves and their colleagues in high risk situations and to bring back and sell the very best stories.”
“The overall aim of this workshop is to give talented young journalists the background and training they need to deliver news according to the highest standards and practices and to build a strong free press in the country,” Ben Zahra added.
This is the second workshop for Libyan freelancers organised by LIAS and the Rory Peck Trust in less than a year. [/restrict]