Abeer Saady is a war correspondent, researcher, media consultant and trainer, with 27 years of professional experience in conflict zones within the Middle East and Africa, including conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Tunis, Yemen, Thailand, Philippines and Pakistan.
Abeer has trained hundreds of journalists and managed numerous projects in crisis and war-torn regions, all of them devoted to the promotion of ethical, quality journalism and safety of journalists.
Abeer’s experience of working with the media development community including Deutsche Welle Academy, UNESCO, Thomson Foundation, IWPR, IREX, Reuters, MICT, ICFJ, ARIJ, The Red Cross, Rory Peck, Reporters Without Borders, Front Line Defenders, Free Press Unlimited, 2454 Academy, IMS, CFI, Iraqi Foundation, MIS, Acted, IAWRT, Cairo University, and the Jordan Media Institute.
Her main fields of consultancy and training are: safety of journalists, conflict sensitive reporting, ethics for reporters and photographers, understanding and dealing with radical groups (especially ‘Islamic State’), covering and countering terrorism, self-regulation and establishing codes of ethics, diversity and media, establishing media unions, and capacity building trainings.
On World Press Freedom Day 2014 Abeer was included in “The Heroes of Information List” prepared by Reporters Without Boarders as recognition of efforts within press freedom and safety of journalists in the Middle East.
Abeer was awarded a Masters in Diversity and Media from University of Westminster in United Kingdom (2014/2015) and is currently, preparing a PhD. in Media and Radical groups at Dortmund University in Germany.
Between 2007 and 2015, she was elected three times as Vice President of The Egyptian Journalists Syndicate. This period was full of activities promoting press freedom, quality journalism, and safety of journalists, drafting codes of ethics and media laws, and establishing a self-regulation model.
In 2015, Abeer was elected to be member of the board of International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT), an international organisation for female journalists. Her activities with IAWRT have included contributing to establishing the first “Female Africa Film Festival” and giving safety trainings in South Africa, Nepal, and India.
Abeer has drafted a safety handbook for woman journalists in hostile environments, published by IAWRT and supported by UNESCO and Norwegian Journalists Union (NJ). It will be launched in an event at Manila November 2017. The handbook is a ‘must-read’ for women journalists.