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Loan of bulletproof jackets, helmets and personal distress beacons

(JPEG) We lend journalists bulletproof jackets and helmets for free. The category 3 jackets, donated by the French defence ministry are black, have “Press” marked on the front and back, come in three sizes and weigh about 14 kg. A €900 deposit is required and the loan is for a maximum two months.

(JPEG) The moulded helmets are white with the word “TV” on them and weigh 1.51 kg. They are lent on the same conditions as the jackets but only carry a €250 deposit. Two of the jackets and two of the helmets have no markings on them.

(JPEG) Two small and light GPS personal distress beacons can also be borrowed. They are made by the firm Sierra Echo and the carrier can be found at once anywhere in the world. More and more journalists are using them when they go to areas that are dangerous or where sat-phones or GSM work poorly.

A €900 deposit is required and journalists must say where exactly they are going, give their home address and that of someone to contact in an emergency.

To obtain any of this safety equipment, e-mail Reporters Without Borders at: or For the moment, it is only available at our Paris headquarters.

Download technical description of the helmets and bulletproof jackets

Download description of the distress beacons

Other safety facilities :

Insurance for freelance journalists

First-aid kits

A hotline for journalists in danger

The Practical Guide for journalists

Charter and resolution

Training for journalists on dangerous assignments

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