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Forty-five journalists complete safety training course

(IFJ/IFEX) - The following is an IFJ media release:

Safety Boost for Media in Iraq as 45 Journalists Complete Training Course

Another 45 men and women journalists working in Iraq have completed safety training courses as part of a programme to reduce the risks facing reporters in the world's most deadly country for media staff.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has welcomed the successful conclusion of the training, which was carried out in Baghdad.

"Safety training is of paramount importance for the protection of journalists in high-risk locations such as Iraq," said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. "We are delighted that our colleagues in Iraq were able to learn skills which will stand them in good stead in their work."

The journalists, all working for media covering the conflict which has claimed the lives of more than 260 Iraqi media staff over the past five years, attended two training courses, organized and implemented by the Iraqi Media Safety Group (IMSG), with the support of IFJ and the International News Safety Institute (INSI). The first session took place on 15 and 16 December followed by the second one from 18 to 19 December.

The closing ceremony of this safety training was attended by officials from offices of the Iraqi President and Prime Minister.

The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 123 countries worldwide.

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