Complacency in our role as a risk consultants can be deadly. One lapse can be disastrous for both us and our clients. When operating or travelling in a high risk environment you can not afford to become complacent at any stage. This is especially prevalent for journalists. Journalists can, at times, become complacent and get tunnel or lens vision.
Journalists become so fixated on their story subject or the view through the camera lens that they lose all situational awareness. Even highly experienced journalists make this mistake, they become comfortable in their surroundings because they are so accustomed to this type of environment.
We would urge you to err on the side of caution at all times. It is a delicate balance for a reporter in a high risk region because they need that breaking news story access however they need to ensure that they remain relatively safe and come home to their families at the end of the operation. Too cautious and you won’t get your story but take too many risks and the worst can happen.
Tragically in recent times we have seen what happens when too many risks are taken. Reporters have been killed or kidnapped in horrible circumstances. James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Raad Mohamed al Azaui and Yasser Faisal al-Jumaili being recent victims to the terrorist group known as ISIS.
However the majority of these circumstances were avoidable. I will run through some basic points of different failsafes to have in place in order to keep you safe as a reporter in a hostile environment but also get the access you need to be successful.
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