Launch Announcement: Orkhan Dzhemal Media Safety Academy

23 JULY 2020, LONDON – The Justice for Journalists Foundation is announcing the launch of the Orkhan Dzhemal Media Safety Academy. The Academy will start accepting applications on July, 30 – the second anniversary of the brutal murder of three Russian journalists – Orkhan Dzhemal, Alexander Rastorguev and Kirill Radchenko – in the Central African Republic.
The Academy aims to equip Russian speaking media workers with the skills and knowledge they need to protect themselves as they pursue their profession. The Academy’s 14 instructors from eight countries offer free video courses in Russian on the following topics:

  • Risk Analysis and Structured Analytical Techniques
  • Physical Security and First Aid
  • Information and Cyber Security
  • Psychological and Emotional Safety, Overcoming the Trauma
  • Media Risks and Legal Security

“As research has shown, risks for media workers are increasing today all over the world. This can be seen particularly well in countries that have underdeveloped democratic institutions and a high level of corruption. Yet despite this, courageous and honest people, be they professional or civilian journalists, continue their work of bringing the truth to their audiences. Thanks to their diligent work and an acute sense of justice, we know what is actually happening behind the curtain of propaganda and lies where it is so convenient to hide from accountability to civil society”, noted Justice For Journalists Foundation director Maria Ordzhonikidze.
Before the Foundation begins accepting applications for studies at the Academy, we will be posting one video monologue daily to our social network pages by well-known journalists from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Russia, and Tajikistan. Their stories help paint a picture of the threats, risks, and ordeals that characterise work in the post-Soviet space.
Today we present to you the story of Natalia Radina, editor-in-chief of the prominent Belarusian opposition publication Charter-97. She was arrested by KGB employees on charges of “organising mass disorders”. On January 31, 2011, Natalia was released and secretly left Belarus for Russia and then Poland, where she received asylum.