Providing security, advice and logistical support to press,film & TV crews in remote, complex & Hostile Environments worldwide



Vanguard Mideast's Field Consultants and Security Teams work with media & film crews to provide day to day analytical security and risk advice, as well as provide logistical, administrative and medical support. We supply Personal Protection Equipment (PPE); Body armour, helmets, eye and ear protection and medical Trauma packs. We are well aware that media crews run towards the danger to get footage and do not want security consultants who tell them that they can’t do their job because it’s dangerous.


Vanguard Mideast is covered for Professional Indemnity, Public Liability, Employer Liability and Medical Insurance; all of which have been extended to cover war and terrorism.


  • Security/risk assessments and reports (crime, terrorism, political, social unrest, natural disasters, climate).

  • Detailed and thorough security plans.

  • Security contingency plans and execution (intervention/evacuation/extraction).

  • Medical contingency plans and execution (medics, primary care physicians, ambulance dispatch, local hospitals/clinics, medical evacuation/repatriation).

  • Logistics - fixers, drivers/vehicles, translators, local support staff (all vetted), permits, accommodation.

  • Due diligence/vetting.

  • Secure transport, meet and greet.

  • Legal advice and representation.

  • Security training, cultural awareness/safety training, situational awareness, risk mitigation, in-country briefing for journalists and media crew.

  • Tracking of personnel, emergency response and rapid intervention services. ​

"The world is an increasingly dangerous place for journalists. On average, more than 30 journalists are murdered every year, and the murderers go unpunished in nearly nine of 10 cases. Hundreds of journalists each year are attacked, threatened, or harassed. Many are followed or have their phone calls and Internet communications intercepted. More than 150 are behind bars at any given time, some without being charged with a crime. The whereabouts of at least 35 journalists are unknown." 

Committee to Protect Journalists

Skills and qualifications of our Hostile Environment

Media Consultants 

  • Military background (having reached Warrant Officer or Major rank) with the ability to provide advice on tactics, equipment, capabilities etc.

  • Advanced medic (trauma) qualification (FPOS, MIRA or paramedic).

  • Logistic and administrative skills (typically held an appointment of RQMS/CQMS or G4 Staff appointment) with the ability to organise a casualty evacuation with no support.

  • Advanced driving skills.

  • Close Protection experience, with a UK SIA CP licence, or equivalent.

  • Understands the media. 

  • The ability to operate with a small team, with little to no external support.

  • Language skills.

  • Mature, articulate, fit, proactive and diplomatic who is able to liaise with senior TV, Embassy, and military personnel and can add ‘value’ to news gathering.

  • Familiar with the local culture, mores, and idioms.

  • Studied the CPJ's Journalist Security Guide


157, 26 July St, Zamalek, Cairo, EGYPT  

+2 01101 777 718  


11 Little Green Avenue, Telford, UK  

+44 (0) 7947 424 898  

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