Safety clinics for independent journalists will be on offer at this year's festival on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 April.
Organised by ACOS Alliance signatory organisations and partners, the clinics provide a unique opportunity for independent journalists, photographers and filmmakers at all stages of their career to receive free one-to-one safety advice from industry-leading experts.
The 50 minute clinics can cover the following: physical safety and risk assessment, digital security and surveillance, online harassment, legal safety and preparedness, psychological safety and trauma management.
Each clinic is confidential and tailored to the individual needs of participants. The clinics are particularly useful for journalists who are looking for guidance on a specific issue, assignment, story or situation.
Up to 30 clinics will be available, so early application is advised. Each participant will be paired with a suitable advisor based on the information provided in their application. The majority of clinics will be conducted in English, with a limited number available for Spanish and French speaking participants. Date and time slot to be allocated on selection.
The Safety Clinics are organised by the ACOS Alliance in partnership with the Committee to Protect Journalists, Freedom of the Press Foundation, Frontline Freelance Register, International Women's Media Foundation, IREX, Media Defence, The New York Times, PEN America and Rory Peck Trust.