15 days of Activism for Journalists’ Digital Security

From #WorldPressFreedom (May 3rd) to #WTISD (May 17th).

In a context of increasing political violence, digital attacks against journalists have become a frequent way to silence and control them. Although there is widespread awareness about digital threats, journalists and media outlets, especially local and community media, don’t know how to identify the kind of attack they are facing.

The 15 Days of Activism for Journalists’ Digital Security, from May 3rd (World Press Freedom Day) to May 17th (World Telecommunications and Information Society Day), is an opportunity to draw attention to the digital threats to which journalists are subjected.

The Digital First Aid Kit is a free resource that allows journalists, and their IT colleagues, to make the first diagnosis of a digital attack and reach out to a Computer Emergency Response Team more efficiently.

Messages

  • Digital attacks against journalists have become a frequent way to silence and control them. We are joining the 15 days of activism for #JournalistsDigiSec, from #WorldPressFreedomDay to #WTISD
  • “The growing sophistication malware and spyware, and its increasing use against journalists and human rights defenders endanger free and independent journalism” @UNESCO. Join the 15 days of activism for #JournalistsDigiSec, from #WorldPressFreedomDay to #WTISD
  • “Surveillance can expose information gathered by journalists including from whistle-blowers, and violates the principle of source protection” @UNESCO. Join the 15 days of activism for #JournalistsDigiSec, from #WorldPressFreedomDay to #WTISD
  • “Surveillance may harm the safety of journalists by disclosing sensitive private information which could be used for arbitrary judicial harassment or attack” @UNESCO. Join the 15 days of activism for #JournalistsDigiSec, from #WorldPressFreedomDay to #WTISD
  • “AI-powered surveillance of journalists’ movements, and trolling of journalists powered by data-mining and automated attacks, threaten the free exercise of journalism” @UNESCO. Join the 15 days of activism for #JournalistsDigiSec, from #WorldPressFreedomDay to #WTISD
  • “Privacy is a pre-requisite for journalists to do their work and ensuring our access to fact-based and reliable information” @UNESCO. Join the 15 days of activism for #JournalistsDigiSec, from #WorldPressFreedomDay to #WTISD
  • The #DigitalFirstAidKit helps journalists and activists respond to common #DigitalSecurity attacks and problems. It is available in Albanian, Arabic, Burmese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. #JournalistsDigiSec #WorldPressFreedomDay
  • The #DigitalFirstAidKit diagnoses issues and suggests solutions to key #DigitalSecurity issues faced by journalists who seek help from #DigitalRights organisations. #JournalistsDigiSec #WorldPressFreedomDay
  • The #DigitalFirstAidKit explores 9 key #DigitalSecurity issues faced journalists and activists. It is available in Albanian, Arabic, Burmese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish #JournalistsDigiSec #WorldPressFreedomDay
  • “Have you tried turning it off and on again?” For the digital emergencies that this doesn’t fix, check out the #DigitalFirstAidKit, which can diagnose, suggest solutions, and refer you to support providers for common #DigitalSecurity issues faced by journalists.

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