Journalist Safety


Every year, women journalists are killed, assaulted, threatened and defamed – all in pursuit of the truth. The IWMF takes a stand against heavy-handed brutality designed to silence the truth by providing much-needed emergency assistance, research about the problem, awareness raising and preventative security training for women journalists.


“I still remember every single detail of the explosion that almost killed me, the sound of the blast, the heat of the smoke, the taste of blood in my mouth. On this particular day, some cold-blooded criminals decided to eliminate me, but I survived, and it is not a secret anymore that my survival was a miracle. One year after the aggression, I am more convinced that the aggressors wanted to eliminate me, for I have spoken my mind.”

– May Chidiac, Lebanon – Courage in Journalism Award 2006
  • Featured Story

    IWMF Hosts SF Panel, Intros Reporta App to Help Reporters Stay Safe

    By Kara Murphy, PBS MediaShift – Global Press Institute Executive Director Cristi Hegranes, who oversees 135 women journalists in 26 countries, says commitment to training journalists is an easy sentence to utter but a really difficult reality to create. Hegranes told this to a crowd of more than 80 tech…

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  • pg-icon-justice IWMF Condemns Killing of Colombian JournalistOctober 2, 2015 — The IWMF decries the recent killing of Nimia Peña Pedroza, a 28 year-old woman journalist from Valledupar, Colombia. The killing of Ms. Pedroza marks the fourth journalist killing this year in the country this year alone, possibly signaling a deadly and targeted trend against press freedom. The IWMF hopes that the …

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  • pg-icon-justice Calling For Swift Investigation In Journalist’s DeathIWMF Calls For Swift Investigation In Killing of Flor Alba Núñez Vargas in Colombia | September 14, 2015 – The IWMF calls on the Colombian authorities to thoroughly investigate the violent death of journalist Flor Alba Núñez Vargas and bring the perpetrators to justice. According to news reports, Núñez, a radio and TV reporter, was …

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  • GJS-thn IWMF Hosts First Hostile Environments Training for Congolese Reporters in GomaJuly 7, 2015 – The IWMF, with partner organization Global Journalist Security, offered its first-ever hostile environments and first aid training (HEFAT) workshop in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for 25 Congolese journalists in June 2015. Participating reporters came from across North Kivu province. 2014 IWMF Courage in Journalism awardee Solange Lusika Nsimire and …

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  • Freelancers At Risk #FreelancersAtRisk

    By Vera Tan, IWMF Intern | Missouri School of Journalism

    Washington D.C. – The IWMF was proud to participate in ‘Freelancers at Risk: Photojournalism and the Call for Global Safety Standards,’ an event discussing the risks freelance journalists face reporting from the front lines on April 23, 2015. Organized by the Investigative Reporting Workshop, the National Press Club Journalism Institute…

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