Thuraya partners with the International News Safety Institute to protect and prepare journalists
Partnership addresses need for safety training for journalists working in dangerous environments globally
DUBAI, UAE, December 11, 2014 – Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a leading Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator, today announced its partnership with the highly regarded, International News Safety Institute (INSI). The partnership addresses the rising need for providing safety training to protect journalists working in difficult and dangerous environments around the world. Sealed at EuroVision’s News Xchange conference on November 13, the partnership includes sponsorship of a Thuraya SatSleeve and airtime that will be used in INSI’s safety preparation workshops.
John Huddle, Head of Media & Broadcast at Thuraya, said: “News organizations are looking towards more innovative, portable and easy to use solutions to help them deliver news no matter where they are. Thuraya’s sponsorship of the SatSleeve illustrates news organizations’ reliance on highly reliable, easy to use and lightweight mobile satellite products that will protect journalists while accommodating the breaking news cycle. Over the last three years, Thuraya has supported non-profit organizations such as the Rory Peck Trust, Sebastian Meyer’s Metrography in Iraq and Global Voices through our relationship with News Xchange. We believe that media safety and security is paramount and that preparation helps mitigate the risks to journalists in the field. Thuraya is proud to support INSI’s mission to drive this.”
Hannah Storm, Director of INSI said: “Safety for journalists starts with thorough preparation, an understanding of the risks that might be faced and how best to mitigate those risks. One of the key ways that journalists and media organizations can improve their safety is by having a solid communications plan in place, which outlines what they should do in emergencies. In areas of the world where phone networks aren't reliable or available, satellite phones and their technology are absolutely key to safety. By having access to Thuraya's satellite equipment, INSI can help journalists understand the importance of having robust communications plans in place, showing them how such equipment works, why it is important and how it can in turn help them stay safe.”
About Thuraya Telecommunications Company
Thuraya Telecommunications Company is an industry leading MSS operator and a global telecommunication provider offering innovative communications solutions to a variety of sectors including energy, broadcast media, maritime, military and humanitarian NGO. Thuraya’s superior network enables clear communications and uninterrupted coverage across two thirds of the globe by satellite and across the whole planet through its unique GSM roaming capabilities. The company’s diverse range of technologically superior and highly reliable mobile satellite handsets and broadband devices provide ease of use, value, quality and efficiency. Thuraya remains committed to serving humanity through delivering the essential tools for optimal connectivity, never leaving anyone out of reach. Visit www.thuraya.com
About International News Safety Institute
Established in 2003, INSI is a charity organization that helps journalists stay safe, in touch and on top of their story, no matter where they are working, whether in conflict, civil unrest or environmental disaster zones. INSI is widely regarded as the news industry's safety body and its members include some of the world's biggest names in media, such as the BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera and Reuters. INSI currently provides basic safety training free of charge to over 2,000 news media personnel in more than 30 countries.