Since beginning of the year, 61 journalists have used IMI’s protective gear for working in war zone
Since the beginning of the year, IMI provided support with protective equipment for detached service in the Anti-Terrorist Operation zone for 61 journalists (both Ukrainian and foreign).
In January-June of 2015, for free-of-charge temporary use by journalists, the following equipment was provided: 4th protection grade armored vest with side-plates — 58 times, Kevlar helmets — 13 times, SOFT tourniquets — 10 times, and two pairs of tactical glasses.
«Presently, IMI has 34 armored vests and 7 helmets that it is constantly dispensing as free lease to journalists, freelancers, photographers, camera operators and fixers, — says IMI lawyer Maksym Ratushnyi. “Yet, this is not enough, all equipment is in use almost all the time. So, if someone has an opportunity to present us high-quality armored vests (preferably blue) or Kevlar helmets — more journalists will be protected in the war zone.»
Also, IMI conducts two- and four-day trainings for journalists, who work in the war zone, including first aid training, how to behave in the area of hostilities, and practical training in conditions identical to battle.