From 13-15 June 2016, 18 journalists and media workers from 12 regions of Ukraine, including IDPs from Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk regions, participated in a training on digital security. The training was organised by the Ukrainian NGO the Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law (formerly MLI) under the EU-funded Media Freedom Support Project implemented by IREX Europe. The project works to support freedom of expression and the press as well as the rule of law in Russia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan by building local capacities and providing emergency support to journalists and press freedom activists.
The digital age has made journalism a riskier profession and made media workers more vulnerable not only while they are on assignment in a conflict zone, but also in their daily routines at home, on the road, and in the newsroom.
During the 3 days of training conducted by two leading Ukrainian experts on digital security, the participants acquired basic skills in protecting their on-line communication (e-mail, chat or voice), secure file storage and sharing, encrypting devices such as computers, tablets, and smartphones, conducting digital risk assessments and learned about new applications and programs that can mitigate digital and physical risks.
“I like that during the training we were able to acquire loads of practical tips and improve our skills. Everyday we installed a lot of programmes and applications and learned how to use them. We tried different services and deleted potentially harmful applications. Moreover, I highly appreciate the professionalism of the trainers – they responded to all my questions related to digital security”, said Olena Schepak, Editor-in-Chief of the website “InfoMIST” (Cherkasy).
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