According to the AIJC, the training “seeks to safeguard and strengthen media and enhance the enabling environment for the exercise of press freedom in the Philippines, which remains one of the most unsafe places for journalists.”
In the Philippines, there are 80 journalists killed from 1992 to 2019, based on the Committee to Protect Journalists data.
Under President Duterte, the Freedom for Media, Freedom for all Network have monitored at least 128 threats and attacks against members of the press.
Among the topics were gender and safety, preparing for coverage, introduction to basic life support, weapon awareness, personal conflict management, vehicle safety and checkpoints, surviving abduction, personal safety and self-defense, digital security and dealing with trauma.
Henry Young of Krav Maga Philippines facilitated the training in self-defense giving basic skills and practical tips on what to do when in danger.
Henry Young of Krav Maga Philippines demonstrating self-defense skills. (Photo by Anne Marxze D. Umil)
There are also simulations to apply the tips on emergency response and other situations during coverage.
Simulation exercise on Cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR. (Photo by Anne Marxze D. Umil)
Simulation exercise on emergency response. (Photo by Anne Marxze D. Umil)