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Case Studies

Importance of Media Safety Advisors

in Complex Environments


Media Safety Advisors (MSA) play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and security of journalists and reporters operating in complex and high-risk environments. In this case study, we will explore the significance of MSA services in two specific regions: Ukraine and Israel. Through their expertise and support, MSAs enable news agencies like Sky News, BBC, and CNN to cover stories in these challenging locations with confidence and peace of mind.



According to a report by Ecclesiastical Insurance, crime targeting HNWIs in London has been on the rise in recent years. Criminals often perceive wealthy individuals as lucrative targets due to their valuable possessions, high-profile status, and potential vulnerabilities in their security systems. The report reveals various forms of criminal activities, including residential burglaries, theft of valuable assets, and cybercrime.


Situation: ky News plans to send a team of journalists to cover the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The region is characterized by political unrest, armed conflicts, and the presence of various armed factions.

MSA Intervention

1. Thorough Risk Assessment: The MSA conducts a comprehensive risk assessment, analyzing the geopolitical situation, local dynamics, and potential threats in specific areas of Ukraine.

2. Security Planning and Logistics: The MSA collaborates with Sky News to develop a security plan, including secure transportation, safe accommodation, and secure communication channels.

3. Personal Protection: The MSA provides journalists with personal protective equipment (e.g., body armour, helmets) and trains them in its proper use.

4. Local Contacts and Knowledge: The MSA leverages its network of local contacts and expertise to provide real-time updates, on-ground intelligence, and guidance on navigating the complex environment.

5. Emergency Response: The MSA establishes emergency protocols, including evacuation plans and communication procedures, ensuring the team's safety in case of unforeseen events.




Sky News successfully covers the conflict in Ukraine, thanks to the presence and support of the MSA. Journalists can focus on reporting the story while relying on the MSA's expertise in navigating the complex security landscape.


Situation: BBC is planning to send a team of reporters to cover the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, an environment marked by political tensions, protests, and occasional outbreaks of violence.

MSA Intervention

1. Threat Assessment: The MSA conducts a detailed threat assessment, analyzing the specific risks associated with the conflict, including demonstrations, clashes, and potential threats from various parties involved.

2. Secure Movement and Access: The MSA assists BBC in planning secure movements, ensuring safe access to sensitive areas, and coordinating with local authorities to navigate checkpoints and roadblocks.

3. Conflict Sensitivity Training: The MSA provides conflict sensitivity training to the reporters, enabling them to understand the dynamics of the conflict, cultural sensitivities, and potential risks associated with reporting certain stories.

4. Crowd Management: The MSA advises on crowd management techniques and provides support during protests or public gatherings to ensure the safety of the BBC team.

5. First Aid and Medical Support: The MSA ensures that the team has access to adequate medical support, including training in basic first aid and assistance in establishing local medical contacts.




BBC's reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is enhanced by the presence of the MSA. The journalists can focus on their work, knowing that they have a dedicated team ensuring their safety and well-being in a complex and potentially volatile environment.


The case studies of Ukraine and Israel highlight the crucial role played by Media Safety Advisors in enabling news agencies like Sky News, BBC, and CNN to cover stories in complex environments. MSAs provide comprehensive risk assessments, personalized security planning, on-ground support, and emergency response protocols. By entrusting their safety to MSAs, journalists and reporters can concentrate on their reporting duties, ensuring the delivery of accurate and impactful news to the global audience.

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