When working on a story abroad, it is essential to find a fixer who knows the ins and outs of the place. However, there are several issues that need to be addressed to make sure you choose the right one.

This article by Qainat Khan, The GroundTruth Project's digital editor, features useful tips on not only what a journalist should do but also talks about the importance of not leaving your fixer in a challenging situation.

"Some possible risks a local journalist faces after working with an international journalist include surveillance or imprisonment by their government or threats from organised crime or terrorist groups", writes Khan.

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