Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Jane Zimmerman traveled to San Salvador on April 29 to participate in the launch of a regional Journalism Security Hub, in conjunction with World Press Freedom Day (May 3). The new hub, established through a Memorandum of Understanding among El Salvador’s Catholic University, implementing partner IREX, and the Department of State, will provide training to journalists in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras on online journalism and how to work safely in dangerous environments. The hub will be located on Catholic University’s campus in San Salvador.
The Department of State has committed $1 million to the Journalism Security Training Hub program. The hubs will provide real-time support to journalists who receive death threats, are under surveillance, are jailed, or when they or their family members are kidnapped.