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Following U.K. riots, INSI offers guidelines on how to safely report on protests

INSI recommends that journalists entering areas of unrest carry protective eyewear in case they are tear-gassed
INSI recommends that journalists entering areas of unrest carry protective eyewear in case they are tear-gassed

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The International News Safety Institute (INSI) has published recommendations on how to safely report on protests and unrest following the recent attacks against journalists covering the riots in the U.K.

INSI reported that photographers were beaten and had their cameras stolen or damaged. Other journalists were threatened or forced to flee areas of violence.

For news desks, INSI recommends that they fully brief teams before they are deployed - including arranging contact points in case a team gets separated and ensuring they have protective equipment. INSI also suggests having a newsroom briefing on "lessons learned" immediately after the coverage.

Journalists and media personnel are advised to do the following: always carry press identification, but hide it in case it draws too much attention; carry a mobile phone with emergency numbers saved on speed dial; carry a first aid kit and know how to use it; wear fitted clothing that is not inflammable; and carry a backpack with enough food and water for a day in case they can't leave an area.

INSI also reminds journalists that they do not need to be in the middle of a crowd to cover an event. Photographers are advised to shoot the scene from high vantage points - while ensuring there is an unobstructed escape route.

INSI safety advisory for news crews covering unrest in the U.K.

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