In a recent Foreign Press Correspondents USA tools and training article the organization asks the question, “What can you do as you watch your own country turn into a war zone?”

That’s a question none of us want to have to answer but it is one that many people in Ukraine have had to face in recent weeks.

Journalists on the ground have had to confront that question too as they find their personal security and safety thrown into jeopardy. Many are in considerable danger as they work to document the atrocities that are being committed.

The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) advises journalists to keep physical and digital copies of the following documents ready:

  • Passport

  • National ID card

  • Driver’s license

If either of these is close to expiring, it is imperative to renew them as quickly as possible. If you have several identification documents, make sure to keep them in separate places in the event you lose one of them.

  • Birth certificate (or any document that can prove your date and place of birth)

  • Others: marriage certificate, university degrees (diploma, proof of graduation and attendance, grades), press card, professional certificates, vaccine certificate, other medical documents.

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