Archive for September, 2013

LPB talks: Working in Hostile Environments audio

25th September, 2013

A recording of the talks and discussion at our September branch meeting, on Working in Hostile Environments, is now available via the link below. Guy Smallman spoke about some of the precautions photographers should take when working in difficult situations both at home and abroad, and Laura El-Tantawy talked about living and working in Egypt through the recent years of upheaval.

Audio link: 1309LPB


25th September, 2013

The following list of organisations that provide safety training for journalists has been compiled by Zarina Holmes, the LPB Learning Rep, as a follow-up to our Working in Hostile Environments discussion at the September branch meeting.

National Union of Journalists (NUJ) Health & Safety Training

IFJ Safety of Journalists (The International Federation of Journalists)

Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma

RISC training at the Frontline Club

RISC (Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues)

The Rory Peck Trust

Committee To Protect Journalists:

Columbia Journalism School, Reporting Safely in Crisis Zones:

INSI (International News Safety Institute)

Reporters Without Borders

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Branch condemns DSEI withdrawal of accreditation

12th September, 2013


                                                        DSEI arms fair, ExCel London 2003 © Philip Wolmuth

The LPB condemns the completely unwarranted withdrawal yesterday of the press accreditation of two TV journalists at the Defense & Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair at ExCel London.

According to branch member Jason Parkinson, one of the two who were excluded, the reason given by the event organisers was the use, by a member of the crew, of the #stopdsei hashtag in a tweet from outside the event. Tweeting to publicise stories and real-time coverage has become standard practice amongst lens-based and other journalists, as has the use of hashtags that will be picked up by the widest audience – in this case one popular with protesters opposed to the arms fair.

The crew, from video news agency Ruptly, were going about their legitimate business in a professional manner, and were unjustifiably prevented from working. The organisers’ statement that they ”reserve the right to grant, reject or revoke accreditation at any time, at their discretion” is not good enough. Such interference in the freedom of the press is unacceptable.

More info at and guardian online

September Branch Meeting: Working in Hostile Environments

11th September, 2013

Nine year old Afghan refugee Tahair Ackakhal near the ruins of the Darulaman Palace in kabul. 6-1-12

Our September branch meeting will focus on keeping safe in hostile environments both at home and abroad.  Recent events in Cairo and Syria have brought the dangers facing photographers and videographers into sharp focus. Closer to home, members have faced assault covering unrest and public disorder, as well as problems arising from the abuse of police powers. The presentations by our two speakers will offer practical advice for both newcomers and old hands, and will be followed by a discussion.

Laura El-Tantawy is a British/Egyptian photographer living in Cairo and London, and is represented by VII Mentor. She began her career in 2002 at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel & Sarasota Herald-Tribune (USA). In 2006, she left to pursue personal projects. In 2008, she was one of 15 young photographers accepted onto the international Reflexions Masterclass. In 2010, she was awarded a six-month fellowship at the University of Oxford to write about freedom of expression and the role played by Internet blogging and independent newspapers in Egypt. Since 2005, she has worked extensively in Egypt for her first book, “In the Shadow of the Pyramids”. Her work has been published and exhibited in the United States, Europe, Asia & the Middle East.

Guy Smallman has worked in Lebanon, Pakistan, Iraq and Latin America, and regularly in Afghanistan since 2008. He will share advice about working in hostile environments both at home and abroad via an illustrated presentation. He will also explain why it is NUJ policy for members to undertake Hostile Environment Training, and the value of such courses in preparing journalists for the challenges faced in such situations.

6.00pm Tuesday 24th September, Headland House, 308 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8D