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Podcast: Managing Risk in Fragile Environments

November 27, 2021

How do journalists manage risk when operating in fragile or hostile environments?

 

HP Risk Management director Colin Pereira explains how in this latest episode of the Human Risk Podcast.

 

In this episode Colin talks about working in challenging environments such as Afghanistan, and how this influenced his thinking about safety and risk management. 

Click on the link opposite to listen to the podcast with Human Risk Founder Christian Hunt.

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Haiti Safety & Security Considerations

July 22, 2021

The political and security situation in Haiti remains fragile following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on 07 July 2021. As the country prepares for elections in September, against a backdrop of rising crime levels and gang violence, media workers reporting on the ground have faced uncertainties regarding what security posture to adopt.


HP Risk Management recently spoke to a foreign correspondent and security personnel who spent a week in Haiti. You can read their thoughts, our assessment of the current security environment, and insights into the security options available via the link opposite, in which we highlight some key safety considerations for those deploying to the country

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Global Wildfires Safety Advisory

June 18, 2021

Wildfires have become regular news items in recent years. With the onset of warmer temperatures and drought conditions in several US states, wildfires will again return to our news feeds in the months ahead.

Coverage presents major safety and security implications for journalists and newsrooms. Our latest safety advisory outlines some of the primary safety considerations for deployments to cover wildfires around the world.

 

Please click on the link opposite to read the safety advisory.

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Growing Dangers Journalists Face Around the Globe

May 18, 2021

In the latest episode of FMC Fast Chat, HP Risk Management Co-Founder Colin Pereira spoke to Jaci Clement about the variety of threats that journalists operating around the globe are facing today.

In the half hour interview, Colin discusses the risks relating to issues such as COVID-19 and social media.

 

Please click on the link opposite to listen to the interview.

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Conflict in Israel and the Palestinian Territories

May 12, 2021

Violent protests erupted in parts of Jerusalem in mid-April, and have since escalated into a wider conflict, with thousands of rockets being fired into Israel and hundreds of Israeli airstrikes launched against sites in Gaza to date.

HP Risk Management have compiled a physical safety advisory on behalf of The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), for media workers covering the fast moving conflict in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. 

 

Please click on the link opposite to read the advisory.

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Disinformation Wars and not so Digital Threats

May 06, 2021

Disinformation is increasingly being used against all types of organisations to cause disruption, with journalists being a frequent target. 

In an article written for The Global Interagency Security Forum (GISF), Colin Pereira highlights some recent cases and the tactics used against the media, and highlights how the NGO sector and aid workers could possibly be targeted in the future.

 

Please click on the link opposite to read the article.​

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Protest Safety in Northern Ireland

April 15, 2021

Protests have rocked West Belfast in recent weeks, reportedly fuelled by tensions linked to post-Brexit trade barriers and a sense that Northern Ireland was being cut off from the rest of the United Kingdom. 

Colin Pereira spoke to Ken Perry, a security consultant who worked with an American television crew covering the violence. Ken has been a high risk media advisor for the last twelve years, covering conflicts in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. As a local boy from Belfast, he has seen his fair share of protest there too.

 

Please click on the link opposite to read the interview.​

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Myanmar Media Safety: Interview with Tin Htar Swe

March 10, 2021

Media access has been difficult in Myanmar since the military coup on 01 February 2021, and most networks are relying on local freelancers and citizen journalists.

Colin Pereira spoke to Tin Htar Swe, the former Head of the Burmese Section of the BBC World Service. She has reported on Myanmar for three decades, and has many insights from her experiences running a network of journalists in the country. 

 

Please click on the link opposite to read the interview.​

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Journalists Arrest & Detention: Safety Considerations

February 24, 2021

Covering certain stories such as human rights abuses, corruption, or civil unrest, can place you at a higher risk of arrest and detention - particularly in countries with authoritarian regimes or with a heavy militarised and police presence.

HP Risk Management have put together a general safety note on behalf of The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), highlighting some physical and digital safety considerations.

 

Please click on the link opposite to read the safety note via the CPJ website.

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Journalist Safety Outlook 2021

January 18, 2021

We have now launched out 2021 Journalist Safety Outlook, analysing some of the key safety threats facing journalists and media organisations in the year ahead. 

The report assesses how COVID-19 reporting will evolve, the impact of geopolitics on media access and journalist detentions, operational challenges from environmental reporting and the evolving cyber threat to staff safety and operational resilience. The report concludes with a global outlook of some key stories and trends that we will be monitoring closely throughout the year. 

 

Please click on the link opposite to read our outlook.

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U.S.A Protests & The Presidential Inauguration:
Safety Advisory

January 14, 2021

In the build up to the Presidential inauguration on 20 January 2021, media workers should be prepared for the risk of hostility and violence from protesters, the police, and militia groups such as the Proud Boys, the Oathkeepers, QAnon conspiracy theory adherents, and American Patriots USA. 

HP Risk Management have compiled a safety advisory on behalf of The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), for media workers covering events in the days ahead. Please click on the link opposite to read the safety advisory.

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U.S.A Protests & The Presidential Inauguration:
Editor's Safety Checklist

January 12, 2021

Following the violent takeover of the U.S. Capitol on 06 January 2021, which resulted in the deaths of five individuals and numerous media workers threatened and attacked, The FBI has warned that armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols, with “A Million Militia March” advertised on inauguration day in Washington DC by one extremist group.

HP Risk Management have compiled an editors checklist in order to help prepare their journalists for covering events and protests in the build up to and after the inauguration.

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Pegasus Software Used Against A Newsroom Again

January 06, 2021

In December 2020, an investigation by Citizen Lab detected Pegasus on the personal iPhones of 36 journalists and media executives, a spyware created for mobile devices which transforms a cell phone into a mobile surveillance station.

Ela Stapley, HP Risk Management’s and the CPJ’s Digital Security Strategist, outlines the risks from Pegasus and how journalists can protect themselves.

 

Please click on the link opposite to find out more.

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The Diary of a COVID-19 Supervisor

December 22, 2020

Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on television productions and still presents major challenges for safe operations and successful business.

Joel Whittaker, Head of Security at ITN, recently returned from a 10-day production in Europe, where he was acting as a Covid-19 safety supervisor.

Read more about Joel's experiences on the ground by clicking on the link opposite.

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Uganda Elections Safety Advisory

December 17, 2020

 

Political rallies and demonstrations have been met with a heavy and at times violent police response in the build up to January's election, with at least 50 people killed by the security forces to date.

With obtaining media accreditation increasingly uncertain, HP Risk Management compiled a safety advisory on behalf of The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), for media workers covering the election in the weeks ahead.

Please click on the link opposite to read the safety advisory.

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A Guide to PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

November 09, 2020

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has become a necessity for media workers when covering a variety of stories, be it war, civil unrest, natural disasters or gang crime. Identifying what PPE is necessary for each type of assignment is crucial to help reduce the chances of being harmed while on assignment.

 

HP Risk Management recently produced a PPE guide on behalf of The Committee to Protect Journalists, in which we highlight the various grades and safe use of a variety of items, including protective body vests, protective headwear, eye protection, respiratory protection and ear protection (amongst others).​

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Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Safety Advisory

October 03, 2020

Hostilities erupted once again on 27 September 2020 between the forces of Azerbaijan and Armenia in the autonomous region of Nagorno-Karabakh. 

 

Highlighting many of the dangers that media workers are potentially exposed to when covering the conflict,  HP Risk Management has compiled a comprehensive safety advisory for The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). 

Please click on the link opposite to read the safety advisory.

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Media Insurance up in the air due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 11, 2020

UK media productions are finding it incredibly challenging to obtain insurance that covers disruptions related to COVID-19.

 

HP Risk Management Director, Colin Pereira, recently spoke to Ian Tomlin (Head of Accident and Health at Special Contingency Risks) and Sam Aiken (Executive Director at Price Forbes) about what this will mean for news organisations, content makers and freelancers.

Please click on the link opposite to read the interview on Linkedin.

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Covering Protests & Demonstrations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 29, 2020

In light of the recent protests in the U.S., along with the arrest of a CNN crew (subsequently released), we've compiled a safety advisory for media workers covering any demonstrations going forward - taking into consideration the additional risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please click on the link opposite to read the safety advisory.

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RiskPal launches to assist with COVID-19 risk assessments

May 04, 2020

With the global news agenda currently dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have launched our new risk assessment platform, RiskPal, which is already proving to be invaluable to stakeholders in providing safety and mitigation advice for news teams during COVID-19.

 

RiskPal speeds up the risk assessment process and improves consistency, compliance and duty of care for news teams worldwide. Already in trial with several organisations, RiskPal gives users access to a library of pre-designed risk assessment templates and expert security, health and safety advice. It gives management oversight of all pending, live and completed tasks and offers users the ability to share valuable experiences and information on destinations and suppliers. 


For more information about RiskPal or to get in touch about how to access the COVID-19 risk assessments, please visit https://www.riskpal.co.uk. You can see a recent example of a RiskPal risk assessment for reporting from two hospitals in the Lombardy region of Italy.​

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Dupont Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Webinar

April 16, 2020

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has become a necessity for journalists covering the COVID-19 pandemic. How to put it on correctly and how to take it off safely is crucial to reducing the risk of infection.  

 

HP Risk Management recently worked with Dupont, a leading manufacturer of PPE,  to produce a webinar in which the experts went through how to correctly don/doff the equipment. Training manager Steve Marnach answered a number of questions from media participants which focussed on the everyday challenges journalists are facing with regards PPE.

A recording of the webinar can be viewed by clicking on the Watch Webinar button opposite. In addition, the following Dupont PPE videos are a useful point of reference:

SafeSpec: Selecting the correct PPE

Donning & Doffing PPE: Tychem 4000S , Tyvek Expert , Tychem Faceseal

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COVID-19 Assignments Check List

 

April 08, 2020

 

HP Risk Management has compiled a checklist to enable commissioners and editors to understand the risks that journalists and other media workers are exposing themselves to, as they cover the COVID-19 pandemic.​

You can download the checklist via the link opposite.

In addition, our new risk assessment platform, Riskpal, has a number of COVID-19 risk assessment templates for both workplace safety and reporting assignments. Please get in touch to find out more at info@riskpal.co.uk  

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COVID-19 Safety Advisory

 

March 25, 2020

 

With the COVID-19 outbreak continuing to dominate the news agenda, we've updated the comprehensive safety advisory we put together for The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

 

In the advisory you'll find lots of safety information regarding pre and post assignment risk mitigation measures, digital and psychological safety considerations, as well as useful pointers on equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE) and international travel.

Please click on the link opposite to read the safety advisory.

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Lebanon Protests Assessment & Advisory

 

January 28, 2020

 

The recent 'Week of Anger' in Lebanon witnessed the most violence since protests erupted over three months ago.

 

With ongoing economic uncertainty, we assess the current situation and issue safety advice for the media.

Please click on the link opposite to read the safety advisory.

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Novel Coronavirus Briefing for Journalists

 

January 22, 2020

 

With the spread of the Novel Coronavirus resulting in screening measures and some travel restrictions, we issue a briefing on the current situation and advice for media workers travelling to the region.

Please click on the link opposite to read the briefing.

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2020 Journalist Safety Outlook

 

January 02, 2020

 

HP Risk Management assesses some of the key issues likely to impact journalist safety in the year ahead.

Please click on the link opposite to read the outlook.

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Haiti Protests & Earthquake Anniversary Advisory

 

December 16, 2019

 

Next month Haiti will mark the ten-year anniversary of a devastating earthquake.

 

With long-running protests against the government likely to persist, we assess the current situation and issue safety advice for the media.

Please click on the link opposite to read the safety advisory.

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Algeria Protests Assessment & Advisory

 

December 04, 2019

 

After nine months of protests in Algeria, ​elections are scheduled on 12 December.

 

We assess the current situation and issue safety advice for the media.

Please click on the link opposite to read the safety advisory.

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Rojava Assessment & Advisory

 

November 13, 2019

 

Following the recent Turkish incursion into Rojava, we assess the latest situation in the region and what it means for the media.

Please click on the link opposite to read the safety advisory.

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Hong Kong Advisory

 

October 29, 2019

 

With protests set to continue ahead of district elections next month, we issue an outlook for the situation in Hong Kong.

Please click on the link opposite to read the safety advisory.

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Updated Ebola Guidance

 

April 04, 2019

 

We issue updated guidance for journalists heading to the Democratic Republic of Congo to cover the Ebola outbreak in Bikoro, Equateur Province.

Please click on the link opposite to read the guidance.

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2019 Journalist Safety Outlook

 

January 03, 2019

 

The HP Risk Management team assesses some of the key issues expected to impact journalist safety in the year ahead.

Please click on the link opposite to read the briefing.

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Covering US Protests

 

August 10, 2018

 

As rallies are planned to mark the one-year anniversary of the Charlottesville unrest, HP Risk Management assesses the threats facing journalists covering demonstrations in the US. 

Please click on the link opposite to read the advisory.

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Digital Security Training

 

July 16, 2018

 

HP Risk Management is now running Digital Security Training courses for media organisations.

Please click on the link opposite to find out more.

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Ebola Guidance & Safety Advisory

 

May 24, 2018

 

As the threat from Ebola spreads in Bikoro, Equateur Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, HP Risk Management provides some guidance to media teams deploying in the field. .

Please click on the link opposite to read more.

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HP Risk Management Welcomes New Team Members

 

May 14, 2018

 

At HP Risk Management we're excited to welcome Ela Stapley and Tom Bacon onboard, helping expand HP's risk management offering.  

Please click on the link opposite to read more.

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Journalist Safety Outlook 2018

 

February 02, 2018

 

Colin Pereira and Tom Bacon highlight some of the security issues and trends they think likely to affect journalists in the year ahead.

Please click on the link opposite to read the outlook.

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Travel Risk Management Tips

 

August 08, 2016

 

David Holley discusses some key travel risk management considerations with Buying Business Travel.

Please click on the link opposite to read the article.

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Travel Risk Management

 

May 16, 2016

 

Colin tells Buying Business Travel that the mental health condition of staff is often overlooked in travel risk management.

Please click on the link opposite to read the article.

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2016 Risk Management Outlook

 

January 26, 2016

 

David Holley predicts some security trends likely to affect corporate risk management in 2016.

Please click on the link opposite to read the article.