Red Crescent holds workshop on humanizing media, protecting journalists

Jordan Red Crescent Society  JRCS
Jordan Red Crescent Society .(Photo: Facebook)
AMMAN — The Jordan Red Crescent Society (JRCS) organized a workshop Saturday on humanizing the media and protecting journalists at the Olive Tree Hotel in Amman.اضافة اعلان

Rania Abdel Dayem, head of JRCS’s media unit, told Jordan News that the Red Crescent “is committed to achieving its mission of alleviating the suffering of vulnerable victims and it is working according to a strategic plan” within the framework of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Associations.

She said while the International Committee of the Red Cross was established in 1863 with its headquarters in Geneva, the Red Crescent was established in 1947. She noted that there was a special law for the Jordan Red Crescent as an independent non-governmental organization.
... more than 1,449 journalists have been kidnapped and killed since 1992.
Dr Shaima Abu Farha, the Jordan International Legal Adviser, said that the legal protection of journalists during armed conflicts is an issue that is important to highlight, as international humanitarian law stipulates that civilian journalists who perform their duties in armed conflicts must be respected and protected from deliberate attack.

“International humanitarian law affords civilian journalists the same protection as civilians as long as they do not take part in hostilities,” Abu Farha said. She called for the need to be careful in the use of terminology and to know the differences because of the legal repercussions of these terms.

She indicated that the attacks against journalists in conflict areas are numerous, as nine out of 10 attacks against journalists have not been investigated. More than 30 journalists are killed every year, while 293 journalists are in prison since 2020, and 65 journalists are missing.

She pointed out that more than 1,449 journalists have been kidnapped and killed since 1992.

Abu Farha gave training on risk management strategy and discussed it with journalists in groups.

Abu Farha noted that the “truth is the first victim in wars”, and that if the “stronger party does not respect the law, the conflict in it will turn into an outlaw region, and the war will be without witnesses”.

Khaled Al-Qudah, a journalist who trains his peers on human rights issues, told Jordan News that today’s challenges for journalists “have become stressful, as the digital revolution provided journalists with new tools to transfer information quickly and efficiently, but it has placed a constraint on them by threatening their privacy”.

He called for teaching media literacy in universities and schools.

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