Credits: All from AP - from left: Martin Mejia (Lima 2000), David de la Paz (Mexico City 1999), Jose Luis Magana (Mexico City 1998), Nasser Nasser (Ramallah 2002), Srdjan Ilic (Kosovo 1998) & Nasser Nasser (Ramallah 2000).
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Journalist Safety
UN Resolution 1738

Journalist Safety
CoE Resolution 1535

Killing The Messenger
- INSI Global Inquiry - Report and Recommendations

Live News Africa
- A Survival Guide for Journalists

AIB Directory

Translations of key INSI information are available below in PDF format.
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link to Arabic translation in PDF
link to Kurdish translation in PDF
link to Bengali translation in PDF
link to Azeri PDF
link to Word document in French
link to MS Word document in Spanish
link to MS Word document in Portuguese
link to PDF in Russian
link to PDF in Georgian
link to PDF in Tagalog
link to PDF in Bahasa Indonesia

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Sri Lanka Safety Tips
February 19, 2008


  • Authorities / Police have shown animosity towards visiting journalists recently. You may need to get permission to cover anything related to military/police
  • Obtain a journalist visa so that you can obtain a local media accreditation ID from the Information department
  • Visitor visa is available on arrival, but visitor visa may not give permission to cover anything officially
  • There are high security zones gazetted (notified by the government) and non gazetted in many places, where photography is completely prohibited


  • Keep your colleagues/local media watch dog organizations informed of your itinerary
  • Avoid crowded areas and public events as much as possible
  • Amend your journey plan to avoid main intersections wherever possible as roads may close for VIP traffic
  • If your vehicle is parked at a public place, inspect your vehicle before you move
  • Display your contact no by pasting it on the front sun visor of your vehicle enabling police or security personnel to contact you in case of an emergency if your vehicle is parked in a public area
  • Keep your radio on when driving/traveling
  • Keep in mind that you may be followed and land lines phones may be tapped


  • Make available your emergency contact no, blood group and Rh code (attach with the ID card).
  • Keep a brief summary of your medical history and allergies to medicines if any


  • Avoid areas where politicians & high ranking military leaders live when traveling
  • Avoid heavy traffic and have an alternative route plan
  • Avoid traveling close proximity to VIP motor vehicles and military vehicles
  • Be conscious of unattended parcels and advice security personnel of such items


  • Both sides have not allowed journalists to cover the war from frontlines
  • LTTE held areas are almost closed for journalists by the government
  • Government military controlled areas are partially open for media
  • No foreign journalists have been allowed to cover Jaffna independently for about a year or so
  • Journalists may need MOD permission to cover Military controlled areas
  • Embedded journalism is not practiced by military in Sri Lanka
  • Mobile phones networks are switched off in North and East of the country without any prior notice by the government


  • Although para military or LTTE has not shown any regard for accountability no foreigner has been deliberately targeted during the 30 year old civil war
  • Jaffna district – Jaffna is the capital city of northern province; Under military rule for more than 10 years; civilian administration functions partially; daily curfew from 7.00 pm – 5.00 am; underground LTTE groups operate; EPDP a para military political party work closely with the military; other armed groups are not active
  • Vanni – Under LTTE control for more than 10 years; no government defense forces have a presence; Deep Penetration Units of military said to be active in some areas
  • Vavunia and Mannar districts - No official curfew. Under military control but civil administration function; underground LTTE groups operate; PLOTE, a para military political party operates closely with military and navy; another para military group TELO too is active
  • Trincomalee district - Seat of the Eastern provincial administration; under military control; civil administration functions; under ground LTTE presence is less; HQ of Para military TMVP led by Pilleyan. TMVP presence is strong; Some areas ( HSZs) are completely closed for civilians and journalists; para military TELO and PLOTE have some presence. There are pockets of LTTE held areas in the district
  • Batticloa district - Tamil majority district of the Eastern province, situation volatile though military controls whole district, TMVP Pilleyan and Karuna factions active openly with the support of SL security forces, underground LTTE units active; other para military political groups like EPDP, PLOTE have only a nominal presence; recent reports speak of the existence of para military Muslim groups as well
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