Why was INSI established?

When INSI was founded in 2003 it was the only organisation talking about the issue of journalist safety and offering training of any kind. Today, there are many more organisations who do what we do. We consider that a success. The more organisations that can help ensure journalist safety the better. To put it bluntly, fewer journalists and media workers will die or be injured.

Why is INSI’s work important?

We offer something both unique and valuable: real-time, practical information that can be the difference between life and death. We tell journalists where the most recent checkpoints are in the Libyan desert. We work with female journalists in Cairo on how to avoid sexual harassment or assault. Journalists turn to us for information on safe accommodation and the latest protective equipment.

How is INSI funded?

INSI is a not-for-profit organisation and our resources are extremely limited, so we rely on membership fees and project funding from donors.

Why should I become a member?

Your support will help INSI to create a culture of safety for journalists working in areas of conflict and transition around the world. Joining allows you to: 

  • Be part of a growing global movement committed to journalist’s safety
  • Join our safety forum alongside other news industry leaders
  • Stay updated on the latest developments in media safety
  • Get access to the latest safety and security advisories and training courses from industry-leading experts

If INSI is all about practical information, why is it also involved in research and studies?

INSI’s research is directly related to our work in safety for journalists. To ensure that the information and the training that we provide meets the very specific needs of journalists in the field –whether staff or local hires– we need to know what those needs are and understand them at a deeper, analytical level.

When INSI takes on a research project it is always with the aim of learning and then developing training to address the identified need.

Does INSI have programmes for female journalists?

INSI exists to provide information to all journalists and media workers: from foreign correspondents to local stringers. However, as more female journalists are sent into conflict zones, we have developed a reputation as pioneers in training women for the particular safety threats and challenges they face.

We were recently awarded a grant from the Austrian government to conduct research into the area. 

Our book No Woman’s Land: On the Frontlines With Female Reporters, written and edited by INSI, was the first book published that profiled working women journalists and their experiences in the male-dominated field of journalism in conflict areas.

How do I get in touch?

For more information about how you can join INSI, or to discuss larger or programme-specific contributions, contact hannah.storm@newssafety.org.