The World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) recently released Episodes 4 and 5 of “The Backstory”, their podcast series exploring media freedom issues from across the globe.

Episode 4, titled “The Cost of Safety”, focuses on the financial cost of keeping yourself safe as a journalist, with particular emphasis on the safety of freelance journalists. The episode features:

  • Safa Al Ahmad (freelance journalist and film-maker)
  • Zaffar Abbas (editor of Dawn newspaper in Pakistan)
  • Prash Naik (media lawyer, former general counsel for Channel 4 UK)
  • Sharbil Nammour (Global Head of Security and Risk at Vice Media).

Listen to Episode 4 here.

Episode 5, titled “Contracts that keep journalists safe”, continues on the topic of journalist safety and its cost. The episode outlines the importance of contracts for journalists, in particular for freelance journalists who will encounter risk during any given assignment. This episode features:

Episode 5 is available here.

To accompany the podcasts, WAN-IFRA’s Colette Davidson has written an article on the value of contracts for journalists’ safety, which can be found here. Additionally, an interview with Elisabet Cantenys, the Executive Director of the ACOS Alliance, is also available on the WAN-IFRA website. The interview focuses on ACOS Alliance’s collaborative plans to provide insurance to any journalist, anywhere in the world and is available here.