– Ahead of the Curve, the FPA goes behind the News –
Throughout the next several weeks, we will be sharing coverage by FPA members from the September 11 attacks. We encourage you to visit this page to look back on the real-time coverage of journalists during and following the collapse of the World Trade Center, twenty years ago.
In addition, watch the FPA's briefing with Tom Osborne, where Ian Williams and Osborne discuss Peter Jennings' 24-hour marathon coverage of the catastrophe, and their own experiences as foreign correspondents covering the event.
The Global Goals are the UN's blueprint for saving the planet. GOALS Post is a platform for young minds and next-gen ideas to develop plans and actions o protect the planet. On Sept 14 at 11AM EDT, they will be streaming their launch event for free. The event will feature panels on food waste, strengthening the food chain, food and conflict, and the optimization of environmental resources. You can register here, and view the agenda here. In the meantime, watch our briefing with food expert Marion Nestle from last month.
2021 Democracy Week takes place virtually from September 15 - 17, with panels on human rights, online platforms for supporting democracy, and democracy in Europe. Register here.
Society of Professional Journalists will be hosting their 2021 Journalism Conference virtually from September 2 - 4, with panels on freelancing, mobile apps, Google News, and much more.
IJNet has shared these resources to support journalists in Afghanistan.
Our friends at the Overseas Press Club have shared the following resources for journalists still working in Afghanistan:
The U.S. State Department
On August 2, the State Department announced it was expanding eligibility to its U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) Priority 2 Designation to Afghan nationals who worked for U.S.-based media organizations and their family members. Afghan nationals cannot apply to the program themselves; the most senior employee of the organization they worked for must submit the referral package to USRAPAfghanReferrals@state.gov. Once that package is deemed complete, the Afghan national has made their own way to a third country, the processing of their application will begin, which can take months. Here is more about the program, and here are instructions for employees on how to refer someone.
The Pakistan Embassy in Kabul has decided to facilitate visas for journalists and media professionals in Afghanistan. Here is information on how to apply.
Canada announced plans to resettle 20,000 vulnerable Afghans "who contributed to Canada's efforts in Afghanistan," including journalists. To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Journalists in Distress
The Journalists in Distress group (JID) is made up of 18 international organizations, including Committee to Protect Journalists, that provide direct assistance to journalists and media workers. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
The Committee to Protect Journalists has updated their safety note for journalists working in the midst of natural disasters and extreme weather.
See here to read on the most effective ways to stay safe when working in these conditions.
MAP Calls on UN Member States and the UN Secretary General to Condemn Murder Plot Against Myanmar’s UN Ambassador
The FPA supports MAP (Myanmar Accountability Project) in their call on UN Member States and UN officials to condemn the murder plot against Myanmar's UN ambassador.
Please read the linked press release from MAP, dated 8 August 2021.
The Committee to Project Journalists, according to their mission, "promotes press freedom worldwide and defends the right of journalists to report the news safely and without fear or reprisal. CPJ protects the free flow of news and commentary by taking action wherever journalists are under threat." Read more about CPJ's work here.
CPJ does work in Myanmar, Hong Kong, Belarus, and dozens of other conflict regions where journalists' rights are often compromised.
CPJ has offered the following resources to us. We also encourage you to follow them on social media and check their website for updates on global journalistic freedom.
CPJ Security Guide - A digital guidebook for covering global news in zones of conflict or limited freedom.
CPJ Safety Notes - A collection of safety advice for journalists, regarding digital, physical, and psychosocial safety.
Beyond Earth Institute joined us on Thursday, August 5 for a briefing on their plans to source solar power from space. To hear more from them, see their latest feature in PV Magazine.