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Trauma training for journalists in Gaza

10 February 2015

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) have organised the second trauma training for journalists to manage stress effects in media after the recent war on Gaza Strip.

The two-day training was conducted by experts from the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) and included theoretical and practical sessions. It is part of a larger programme, focusing on the safety of journalists and founded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Fifteen journalists took part and the training involved the participants telling their personal experiences and learning technics to reduce  stress. The third and final workshop is scheduled to take place next week at the headquarters of the PRCS in Gaza city.

Manal Khamis, training officer for  the PJS-Gaza, said:

"Seventeen journalists were killed in the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, dozens were injured and some have seen their houses destroyed or lost dear ones. This has had an effect on  their work  and their lives.”

These trauma training is in addition to the extensive safety training programme the IFJ has implemented in Gaza Strip for the past four years. The latest trainings were organised last month where 30 journalists participated in two safety trainings organised by the PJS.

Tags: , gaza, safety training, palestine, palestinian journalists' syndicate, ifj, training