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IAPA LAUNCHES SAFETY TRAINING PROGRAM FOR LATIN AMERICAN JOURNALISTS

Journalists from some of Latin America's most imperiled countries are gaining valuable safety-training skills in the United States this week, courtesy of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) and British risk assessment company Centurion.

Eighteen journalists from Colombia, Guatemala and other countries are attending a training seminar in Woodstock, Virginia, from 16 to 22 December, where they are learning risk-prevention strategies. Topics include first aid responses in crisis situations and security measures journalists can take to mitigate safety risks.

Participants are also briefed on the workings of the Inter American Commission on Human Rights and the various tools available for reporting human rights violations to the regional body.

IAPA says the training seminar seeks to help reduce violent incidences involving journalists as part of a long-term project to battle impunity in the Americas. The group plans to carry out a four-year training program in partnership with international agencies.

Visit these sites:

- IAPA Anti-Impunity Campaign: http://www.impunidad.com/atrisk/mainE.html

- Centurion Risk Assessment Services: http://www.centurion-riskservices.co.uk/

- International News Safety Institute: http://www.newssafety.com/

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