World-leading experts in physical safety preparedness, digital security, online harassment, legal defence and psychological well-being are offering free safety clinics to independent journalists and editors attending this year’s festival.

These individual, 50 minute consultations, organised by the ACOS Alliance, are particularly useful for those who already have a basic knowledge of safety and are looking for guidance on a specific issue, assignment, story or situation. They are open to independent journalists, photographers, filmmakers and editors at all stages of their career and can cover the following topics:

> physical safety and risk assessment

> digital security and surveillance

> online harassment and violence

> legal safety and preparedness

> psychological safety and trauma management

This is a rare opportunity for journalists and editors to receive personalised safety guidance from leading experts.

All clinics are confidential and will take place at Hotel La Rosetta on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 April between 10.00 and 18.30. Date and time slot will be allocated after application. Spaces are limited so early, pre-festival application is advised.

Most clinics will be conducted in English, with French and Spanish offered by some experts. Participants will be matched with the most appropriate advisor based on the information provided in their application. Pre-booking is essential. Here is the link to the application form.

The Safety Clinics are organised by the ACOS Alliance in partnership with Buzzfeed, Committee to Protect Journalists, International Women's Media Foundation, IREX, Media Defence, PEN America and Silk Road Training.