LEGAL AID FOR JOURNALISTS AND MEDIA – TOOLS AND RESOURCES

In an increasingly hostile media environment, lack of funding has resulted in a diminished appetite for legal cases on the part of media houses and newsrooms, leaving journalists high and dry when it comes to legal protection. In response to this, GFMD has compiled a list of pro bono legal resources and tools to help journalists and media organisations in need of legal counsel.

FUNDING AND SUSTAINABILITY MEASURES TO SUPPORT MEDIA IN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

COVID-19 has caused major disruptions to the lives of journalists and media professionals. Beyond issues faced in efforts to cover the crisis safely, journalists must also deal with severe financial uncertainty. To alleviate this, several companies and organisations are committing to financially support journalism and news media.

FUND TO SUPPORT LEBANON’S NEWS INDUSTRY

The Facebook Journalism Project, in collaboration with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), has announced that it will invest $300,000 in a new program that aims to support the stabilisation and recovery needs of journalists and news organisations in Lebanon affected by the tragic explosion in Beirut on August 4.

#HOLDTHELINE COALITION CALLS FOR CRIMINAL TAX CHARGE TO BE DROPPED AS MARIA RESSA RETURNS TO COURT

The #HoldTheLine Coalition, a collective of 78 civil society and journalism organisations, demands the Philippines authorities drop a barrage of bogus tax and foreign ownership cases against internationally celebrated journalist Maria Ressa and Rappler – the news organisation she founded.

GFMD JOINS APPEAL TO STOP USE OF SLAPP ACTIONS ACROSS EUROPE

GFMD has joined Media Freedom Rapid Response partners, journalist bodies, freedom of expression, and journalist support organisations to express concern about the legal threats made against EUobserver in Luxembourg and Belgium and call to stop the use of Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) actions against media organisations across Europe.

GFMD SUPPORT FOR MEDIA DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY THROUGHOUT COVID-19 CRISIS

In order to help build a sense of shared community among our network, learn from one another, and support each other during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, GFMD hosted an informal, members-only Virtual Town Hall on 25 March 2020. The first Town Hall led to the development of a joint statement and a shared resource centre.