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.
Note: You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your system to read them.

link to Arabic translation in PDF
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link to Azeri PDF
link to Word document in French
link to MS Word document in Spanish
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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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Who Guards the Guards?

With the advent and development of new web technologies the net identity of folks are getting threatened.

Lots of net users became worried about social media I. D. theft. This is often called an alternative of cyber squatting with the way of the social media sites. It is reasonably common to come across a networking site member who has a matching name. While this might be a person with the same name the possibility of social media I. D. theft can't be eliminated completely. Issues can happen if somebody takes your name and registers as a member in these sites before you apply. If the namesake wants to interrupt your life it might be a heavy issue. If such a miscreant starts badgering folk while using the names of others confusions can happen. They can also try and blackmail folk posing as you.

The social media identity burglars resort to a mix of social media and e-mail to steal others. The quantity of web sites is only increasing with time. The preferred ones are MySpace, Facebook and Twitter. The Social media internet sites supply the users the choice to give a user name together with the genuine name. To stop the possibilities of online ID theft someone should use his real name both in the profile and in the info section of the sites. Of course a miscreant can use your name with dash or dot but their possibilities get limited noticeably. It may be hard to offer protection to the social media identity of somebody in the up to date occasions when the hackers and antagonistic people became smarter. Even though it can be laborious and hard, the rewards are high. Somebody can give his image or CV but it might be desirable not to incorporate his age or birthday. If you set up a free Google alert in your name you'll receive a mail whenever your name turns up on the internet. Regardless of of all of these protective measures it is probably going to come across an individual who uses the same name in a social network website. If that happens, waste little time and get in contact with the site's directors. The directors can do something to maintain the status of the site. You may take all of these steps to shield yourself from net social media I. D. theft.

But even after that you need to use Web security software. If you decide to pay no attention to the social ID thieves they can put you in legal and fiscal difficulty.

You may use some handy tricks to frustrate I. D. theft. Don't keep bank records and loan statements in open. It'd be sensible to test your credit history frequently. Desist from those internet sites that don't have a security certificate. To summarise social media I. D. theft is becoming common. If you are nervous that you may be duped and your identity can be nicked, then make absolutely sure you take help from executives to stop it.

According to Sir Winston Churchill, democracy is the worst kind of executive except all of the others which have been attempted.

Therefore the technique by which we're going to continue to choose our central authorities for the near future is probably going to be by some variety of democratic process. If we are predicted to make a choice we want to be informed about the options. The data on which we base our selections must be readily and generally available. We must also be in a position to readily debate the good points and bad points of each option. Liberty of speech and expression has to be the root of a useful democracy. The establishment which has assumed the task of defender of this freedom is the media. The media takes on this role out of self interest because otherwise it might simply be the disinformation agency for the authorities. John Stuart Mill, in his essay "On Liberty", established definitively in 1859 the truth be advanced only if established opinion is unreservedly and brazenly challenged. By successfully standing up to these challenges with reasoned debate these viewpoints are fortified. If the challenge is successful, then the opinion must be altered. Karl Popper, the twentieth century philosopher, extended this in outlining systematic methodology on the proposition that a conjecture can only be sustained if it survives empirical and unproven testing, if not, it's got to be altered.

The media makes much of its mission to protect the truth and its right to report readily what it sees. The root of this claim is the discussion put forward by Mill. Nonetheless is today's media as diligent in defending free expression as it claims or are commercial pressures watering down its keenness for the cause? A story doing the rounds concerns a BBC correspondent, Roger Harrabin, who fell into the trap of an activist from the Campaign against global warming as he exactly reported the undeniable fact that "global temperatures have not risen since 1998, prompting some to query current global warming theory".

In a statement harking back to the Counter Reformation and the Spanish Inquisition, a Ms Jo Abbess told him that this wasn't "a matter for argument" and he shouldn't be referencing the sceptics "whose voice is heard everywhere, on each channel, purposively obstructing the rise of the truth". This latter day Torquemada went on to threaten to show Harrabin by spreading his responses across the Net. With his livelihood threatened the columnist yielded and Ms Abbess carried out her threat anyhow.

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