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Wednesday, October 31 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Stalkers and threats: How to react, not over-react and continue your work

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In recent years across the globe there has been an increase in threats and attacks on journalists. These may be direct threats or veiled or ambiguous threats. These have an impact on the safety and psychological wellbeing of journalists, and their ability to do their work. The typical threats come from a delusional stalker, to people who are being investigated by the journalist. Journalists, especially investigative journalists, probe where people don’t want them to, thus increasing the risk for threats.
People often over-react to threats, which is unhelpful in its own right, and hire bodyguards, without first properly assessing and monitoring the level of threat. In this presentation the presenter will discuss the role that threat assessment and management play in dealing with communicated threats. It will also highlight what to expect from someone claiming to be a threat assessment expert. Myths about threats will also be discussed. A significant amount of time will be devoted to helping the journalist understand the warning signs for serious concern, how to predict a possible violence act is imminent, and also highlight the profiles of different threateners and the harm they each may pose. The primary aim of the presentation is to help the journalist protect themselves, and secondly to assist the journalist to report on stories that may involve threats. 

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Gerard Labuschagne

L&S Threat Management, South Africa
Gérard Labuschagne PhD is a Director of L&S Threat Management, South Africa’s first sole purpose workplace violence threat assessment and management consultancy. He was Section Head of the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) specialized Investigative Psychology Section (IPS... Read More →

Wednesday October 31, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm SAST
WSS105 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor