The Senegal meeting – why a ‘plus’ to journalists
As journalists, we are prone to government raids and unsuspecting surveillances.
This, to The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), is of concern and has held them under constant focus, mapping and finding ways of eliminating such a menace.
OSIWA’s dream comes true initiative seemed making the headlines after going through a successful training of fifteen journalists in Dakar/Senegal on issues of information protection etc.
The training explains all the guidelines journalists need follow if they are to make the goods for the betterment of society.
Issues dealt with cut across the following: protection of computers from hackers, protection of information from physical threats, create and maintain secured passwords, protection of sensitive files on computers, recovering information lost, destruction of sensitive information, keeping internet communication private, remaining anonymous and bypass censorship on the internet.
Of course, and though intensive, the training brings to clarity, how as journalists, we are under constant surveillance by politicians who never wanted their bad conducts exposed by men and women of the media.
No matter what others may say, it is all the intention of OSIWA to see journalists and human right defenders get the maximum of protection that enables them do their job with ease.
If not share knowledge gained, it is the intention of OSIWA that persons already trained disseminate same to their colleagues so as to generate a broad base protection awareness in minds and know-how’s of persons prone to political vengeances.
Keeping your data safe helps make journalists worthwhile and worth telling the message to all.
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