WAN-IFRA Organises Digital Security Webinar for Journalists

Vincent Peyregne, Chief Executive Officer of WAN-IFRA
Vincent Peyregne, Chief Executive Officer of WAN-IFRA

In the face of the various security challenges that have cropped up as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the World Association for News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) is hosting a digital security webinar that help editors and reporters identify threats to their digital activities and plan safety protocols for their newsrooms.

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen, among other things, governments and power actors that seek to silence honest reporting about the pandemic, and the challenges of remote work that stress the importance of good digital safety habits.

At the end of the webinar, participants will take away a number of … including:

  • Risk assessment: being able to identify potential attacks and aggressors and participant’s strengths and weaknesses in digital safety and with that, plan their safety measures according to the environment they face as well as distinguish protection measures that need to be permanent versus those that respond to a specific activity or occasion, and protect interactions between reporters, editors and sources.
  • Tools for protecting digital activities: Participants will be able to identify the tools most suited to their needs when it comes to protecting communications, file storage, web browsing, software and hardware integrity, passwords and 2FA.
  • Social media: How to use social media for professional and personal purposes. What is the trail of information about participants that they leave behind in social media platforms?
  • Education and mitigation: Plan digital safety measures for the entire newsroom and share them with sources or other involved parties. Educate them on the need for good safety practices. Plan mitigation strategies in case of a successful attack (hacking, phishing, file theft) and identify who can be affected.

The webinar holds on Jun 23, 2020 10:00 AM Singapore time.

Interested persons should register to participate at https://wan-ifra.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dOJDUiW0TH-tt9CRgyJStQ

The speaker is Javier Garza is a journalist based in Torreón, Mexico who, as editorial director of El Siglo de Torreón developed safety protocols for covering a wave of violence unleashed by organized crime groups in the city, which included armed attacks and kidnappings against the newspaper.

In 2014-15 he was a Knight Fellow at the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) focused on digital security and documenting attacks against the press in Mexico. He has lectured on violence against the media at universities and press organizations in Mexico, the United States, Europe and South America and serves as an adviser on Newsroom Safety for WAN-IFRA.