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It is not uncommon for protests and other conflicts to erupt at political rallies and other events taking place during election season, so journalists reporting on the ground should take extra safety measures to protect themselves and their work.

This article from independent nonprofit organisation IREX provides 10 tips for journalists covering elections, based on the safety trainings provided through their Securing Access to Free Expression (SAFE) Initiative.

They advise journalists to be aware of the political, racial and religious conflicts that exist within a region, as well as research the polling stations, hospitals and police stations where elections are taking place in advance.

Reporters should also consider making their cameras and electronic equipment look older or broken by using brown repair tape, as it might help prevent theft during instances of civil unrest.

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