Delivering training to journalists in Kyrgyzstan

Posted: 21/07/2022

RPS Partnership in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

‘Bishkek, the capital city is a mixture of old Soviet-style apartment blocks, grey in appearance. These are intermingled with new style, almost western building complexes. Some are resented, some are welcomed, depending on your viewpoint and your wallet.’

A experienced RPS consultant recently returned from what they described as ‘another excellent week of training and an opportunity to learn some of the culture of a proud nation’. Not only did they train and advise investigative journalists who were heading to Ukraine through our comprehensive Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEFAT), but they ensured a tailored, well-informed and all-encompassing delivery to confront the complex threat and risk environment that journalists so often face.

This covered topics, fundamental to so many hostile environment deployments; from situational awareness and weapons awareness to mines, IEDs, UXOs and Basic Life Support and trauma training. ‘All of which generated a plethora of questions’ our consultant observed. During our planning and preparation, we ensure that there is plenty of time for any concerns, queries, or additional interests. To understand and respond to them contributes to creating an all-rounded training programme, designed and delivered exactly how the client requires.

The training incorporated practical training to combat the recent influx of incidents with other media houses. Actions at checkpoints, vehicle hijack or vehicle ambush, and casualty evacuation were all practised. Simulations are as close as you can get to the real thing and  we integrate them to make sure our students feel as comfortable, confident, and knowledgeable as possible going into their work.

Adding to this, the training programme included Digital Security – the ‘unseen threat’ – as well as our foundation to any trip - threat and risk assessments. We also offered guidance on contingency planning – what to do if it all goes wrong….Hopefully that won’t be the case.  

Our consultant rightly signs off in acknowledgement to the students – ‘go safely, friends’.

Contact us on [email protected] for more details on how we can assist you in your travels. We also offer travel safety and security courses to assist you in travelling to less hostile locations; maybe Nigeria, Mexico or Pakistan.

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