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    1 March 2019 @ 17:30 - 19:30
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  • SaferJourno: Digital Security Resources for Media Trainers

    SaferJourno is a free and open-source curriculum guide for media trainers who teach students, professionals and peers digital safety and online security. Easy to use lesson plans are in six different modules; assessing risks, basic protection, mobile phone safety, keeping data safe, researching securely, and protecting email. The toolkit starts with a trainer’s guide, which walks journalism and media trainers through adult teaching and learning approaches.

  • ACOS Freelance Journalist Safety Principles

    The Freelance Journalist Safety Principles are a comprehensive set of practices aimed at embedding a culture of safety across newsrooms and journalists worldwide. This is a first step in a long-term campaign to convince news organisations and journalists to adopt these standards globally. The ACOS Alliance (A Culture Of Safety Alliance) is a coalition of news organizations, freelance journalist associations and press freedom NGOs working together to champion safe and responsible journalistic practices for freelance and local journalists worldwide.

  • IMS Documents Best Practices on the Safety of Journalists

    Defending Journalism  is a global study by International Media Support (IMS), that analyses the efforts to safeguard journalists in seven countries where environments of conflict and instability challenges the ability of journalists to produce good, in-depth journalism. It aims to provide a mapping and greater understanding of what works and what does not work when it comes to addressing the safety of journalists.

  • INSI Safety Advisories

    INSI Advisories provide guidelines on safety issues from ‘How to protect yourself while covering protests’ to ‘Covering wars and conflicts’. International News Safety Institute (INSI) is a member-based organisation dedicated to journalists’ safety and is a vital forum for networking and information sharing via its membership portal, alerts and advisories, workshops, regional meetings and webinar discussions.

  • IREX SAFE - Securing Access to Free Expression

    SAFE – Securing Access to Free Expression is IREX’s flagship effort to enable media practitioners and human rights defenders to work as safely as possible in closed and closing spaces. SAFE serves to equip media practitioners and human rights defenders with the means to resiliently continue their important work, and manage—as well as mitigate—the risks and threats they face.

  • Journalists and Safety Training Report by Dart Center

    The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma surveyed 247 journalists around the world about the safety trainings they attended, the skills they acquired and the gaps between these trainings and their professional needs on the ground. This report, prepared by an interdisciplinary team of researchers in psychology, occupational safety and journalism practice, details the results. Click here for the full report.

  • Rory Peck Trust Resources for Freelancers

    Rory Peck Trust Resources for Freelancers is set of online resources designed to meet the unique needs of freelance journalists. RPT’s new Digital Security Guide was published in July 2018. The Rory Peck Trust provides practical and financial support to freelance journalists and their families worldwide, assisting them in times of crisis and helping them to work more safely and professionally.

  • UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists

    The UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity aims to create a free and safe environment for journalists and media workers, both in conflict and non-conflict situations, with a view to strengthening peace, democracy and development worldwide. UNESCO actively promotes the safety of those who produce journalism and believes that they have the right to work free from the threat of violence and to ensure the right to freedom of opinion and expression for all.

  • UNESCO Report 'An Attack on One is an Attack on All'

    An Attack on One is an Attack on All, is a UNESCO publication by Larry Kilman which looks at the innovative, successful ways in which media companies, individual journalists and civil society organisations are coming together to improve journalist safety and end impunity – and working successfully with governments in some cases.

GFMD MEMBERS

  • ARTICLE 19

    ARTICLE 19 works for a world where all people can freely express themselves and actively engage in public life without fear of discrimination. They aim to combat threats, surveillance, attacks, arbitrary arrest and detention, and, in the gravest cases, enforced disappearance or killings, which are too often the cost of reporting the truth. The protection of journalists and human rights defenders, and ending impunity for attacks against them, is a global priority for safeguarding freedom of expression.

    In 2018 Article 19 conducted research to analyze violence against women journalists in Brazil. Article 19 also applied the UNESCO’s Gender Sensitive Indicators for media in Brazil concluding that there are not enough specific mechanisms for women to denounce sexual harassment in Brazilian media outlets.

    Article 19

  • European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)

    The European Federation of Journalists is Europe’s largest organisation of journalists, representing over 320,000 journalists in 44 different countries. The organisation fights for social and professional rights of journalists throughout Europe, promoting and defending rights to freedom of expression and information.

    The organisation has a number of ongoing projects promoting the safety of journalists internationally including their Journalism Is Not a Crime program in Turkey which aims to improve journalists’ rights, safety, and independence by strengthening the Journalists’ Union of Turkey. It additionally helps end judicial harassment of journalists throughout the country. Similarly, they have established a project titled Mapping Media Freedom in Europe which illustrates the varying levels of media freedom throughout Europe, highlighting violations, threats, and limitations faced by journalists and other media professionals.

  • European Journalism Centre (EJC)

    The European Journalism Centre is an international non-profit organisation working towards the development of a sustainable, ethical, and innovative future for journalism through grants, events, training, and media development. EJC recognises that their success in this field is largely reliant on an independent media environment. As such, they promote press freedom initiatives globally.

    Alongside other organisations such as the Committee to Protect Journalists, Connect Safely, Inter American Press Association and the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, EJC have been working on a new initiative titled “Facebook Safety for Journalists”. By collaborating with Facebook, EJC is able to help journalists to understand how to stay safe and secure on digital platforms.

  • Fundacion para la Libertad de Prensa (FLIP)

    Fundacion para la Libertad de Prensa (FLIP) is a non-governmental organisation that promotes press freedom in Colombia, overseeing the right of citizens to be informed. A particular focus of FLIP is Fighting Against Impunity, in which they follow up on judicial proceedings on attacks against freedom of expression. Through documentation and monitoring, dialogue with state authorities and litigation, and advice and training for journalists, FLIP promotes journalist safety and continues its fight against impunity.

    Additionally, FLIP organises a Protection and Monitoring Area which is in charge of reporting and following up on all work-related attacks against journalists, as well as advocating for their protection in threatening situations.

  • Free Press Unlimited (FPU)

    Safety is a basic need for independent media. Journalists who are subjected to personal threats or obstructed by laws or censorship cannot fulfil their crucial role as a source of objective, unbiased information. That is why Free Press Unlimited assigns top priority to creating safe working conditions for journalists. Over the years, we trained a large number of journalists and media organisations, helping them to arm themselves against violence and to communicate without other parties “listening in.” Additionally, Free Press Unlimited also manages an emergency fund for media workers, develops safety tools and actively advocates for a safer working environment for journalists worldwide.

    Free Press Unlimited

  • International Media Support (IMS)

    International Media Support (IMS) combines safety training, advocacy, and practical measures in their approach to journalist safety. They use both reactive and preventative tools to ensure the safety of media professionals. One of the core focuses of IMS is to keep media professionals safe in their quest to provide accurate and reliable information in difficult and dangerous situations. It has developed a number of reports and projects focused on raising awareness and addressing violence against female journalists, for example in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia.

    International Media Support

  • International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF)

    Every day, female journalists are killed, assaulted, threatened and defamed – all for simply pursuing the truth. To help women journalists stay safe, IWMF provides much-needed Hostile Environment and First-Aid Training along with hands-on experience in reporting in regions where safety can be an issue. Sexual harassment in the media industry has long been a problem, and in today’s challenging environment online attacks aimed at women reporters are growing. Both can result in women declining assignments or leaving the industry altogether. IWMF provided seed money for TrollBusters, an NGO that works to end digital harassment of women journalists, and partners with them to gather data about this problem and engage other partners in combatting it.

    The International Women’s Media Foundation has conducted two significant global studies for understanding the issue of women journalists’ safety around the world. One, published in 2011, covers the status of women in the news media. The other, published in 2018 (a previous study was also done in 2014) focused on violence against women journalists.

    International Women’s Media Foundation

  • Internews

    Internews is an international non-profit organisation working to build healthy media and information environments. One of their core focuses is the training and safety of journalists. They have produced safety training guides for journalists in The Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam.

    The organisation has recently focused on the threats facing environmental journalists who often deal with influential businesses, criminal activities, and high-risk incidents. Acknowledging physical attacks and threats, digital hacking, online harassments, and lawsuits, Internews aims to improve the safety and protection of environmental journalists, safeguarding press freedom in that particular country.

    Internews also published Safe Sister, a guide to digital safety for women in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • IREX

    IREX is a non-profit organisation focusing on global development and education, with a specific aim to bridge geopolitical divides by facilitating the exchange of scholars, teachers, students and ideas.

    IREX has developed a programme titled “SAFE”, which strives to enable media practitioners and social communicators to work safely and freely. Since April 2013, IREX have trained over 1,800 journalists from 14 different countries. By doing so, they aim to promote solidarity among international journalists and media professionals, fostering an environment where they can work safely. SAFE works to specifically include members of marginalized communities in program activities and to address their safety needs. The programme involves safety training for particularly dangerous situations, creates individual risk management plans (IRMPs) for journalists, developed an advisory network to guide journalists, and organises international solidarity events.

  • The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA)

    The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) works in Palestinian territories to develop media freedom and to protect freedom of expression. MADA works alongside Palestinian journalists monitoring and disseminating all violations on their rights. One of MADA’s three core objectives is reducing violations against journalists and freedom of expression. They actively condemn the arrests and detention of journalists in Palestinian territories. Additionally, they offer free legal consultation and representation for media professionals whose right to freedom of expression and opinion has been breached.

    The organisation publishes monthly reports on all attacks against media freedom that have taken place in Palestinian territories, in order to raise awareness of this ongoing issue.

  • Samir Kassir Foundation

    The Samir Kassir Foundation is a non-profit civic organisation working to spread democratic culture in Lebanon and the Arab world, encouraging press freedom, free thought, and spreading the work of murdered Lebanese journalist Samir Kassir. In 2007 The Samir Kassir Foundation established the Samir Kassir Eyes Center (SKeyes).

    The Center aims to defend both press and cultural freedom, establishing an Arab public opinion that is able to protect freedom of expression. With this focus, SKeyes provides legal support to journalists facing prosecution, undue charges and prison. They provide financial and moral support to jailed journalists, coordinate with local and international committees that defend journalism, and organise workshops, exhibitions, and conferences focusing on press and cultural freedom.

  • WAN-IFRA

    The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) is the global organisation of the world’s press, working with 80 members from 120 countries. Central to the work of WAN-IFRA is the mission to protect the rights of journalists and publishers internationally to operate independently. The organisation actively supports journalist safety by, for example, signing on to the Global Safety Principles and Practices document, providing training for women journalists in conflict situations, and calling on governments and other international institutions to prioritise journalists’ safety.

    WAN-IFRA’s Women in News Program also works to reduce violence against female journalists. For instance, in 2018 it published a handbook for media companies to address sexual harassment that includes samples for sexual harassment surveys and policies.

OTHER ORGANISATIONS AND INITIATIVES

  • ACOS Alliance

    ACOS Alliance works to embed a culture of safety across newsrooms and among freelance and local journalists worldwide. The Alliance is an unprecedented coalition of news organizations, freelance journalist associations and press freedom NGOs working together to champion safe and responsible journalistic practices.  Established in 2015, the ACOS Alliance has grown into a unique strategic alliance. The Alliance is committed to finding and implementing practical and effective initiatives that enable newsrooms and freelancers to access the resources they need to meet basic safety standards.

    As an Alliance, ACOS facilitates a space for stakeholders to enter a closer dialogue, create productive partnerships, find collaborative ways to improve the safety of local journalists and freelancers, and extend the impact of their work.

    ACOS Alliance

  • Council of Europe (COE)

    The Council of Europe has developed a platform for facilitating the compilation, processing, and dissemination of information relating to journalist freedom and safety. The platform aims to address threats and violence against media professionals to allow the Council of Europe to respond appropriately. Partner organisations of the Council can post alerts on the platform relating to some threat against journalist safety or media freedom. In doing so, the platform enables COE institutions to be alerted in a timely and systematic way and to take the necessary, coordinated action. The European Council has also launched a campaign to end impunity and to conduct investigations into attacks carried out against journalists.

  • Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

    For more than 30 years, CPJ has defended journalists’ safety and fought for press freedom. They promote press freedom worldwide and defend the right of journalists to report the news safely and without fear of reprisal. CPJ protects the free flow of news and commentary by taking action wherever journalists are under threat.

    In 2016, its annual “Attacks on the Press” publication focused on gender and media freedom worldwide. In 2017, when the UN Commission on the Status of Women spotlighted the issue of gender and media at its annual conference, the CPJ organized a panel to raise awareness on the attacks female journalists faced on a day-to-day basis in order to do their jobs.

    Committee to Protect Journalists

  • Freedom House

    Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world. They analyze the challenges to freedom, advocate for greater political rights and civil liberties, and support frontline activists to defend human rights and promote democratic change.

    Freedom House supports local efforts to defend freedom of expression and to promote the emergence of alternative media in countries where traditional media is restricted. They assist embattled journalists, including those who investigate corruption and abuses of power.

    Freedom House

  • IFEX

    IFEX is a freedom of expression global network encompassing 119 civil society groups in 65 countries. Every day, citizens, journalists, artists and activists are harassed, tortured and killed for expressing themselves. In the majority of these cases, no one is punished. IFEX is working to change this. IFEX works alongside its network of members to advocate for the free expression rights of all, including media workers, citizen journalists, activists, artists, scholars. IFEX also supports its members in projects involving the safety of women journalists.

    IFEX is the leading global network of organisations defending and promoting the right to freedom of expression and information, recognised for its effectiveness and credibility.

    IFEX

  • International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)

    IFJ focuses on the safety and protection of journalists in their ongoing commitment to media freedom. Alongside its affiliates and other safety experts, IFJ provides training, advice, support and campaigns to demand international bodies, states and employers take action to protect journalists, fight impunity and enable media professionals to work free from harassment, intimidation and violence.

    It has also published “Byte Back”, a journalist’s guide to combat digital harassment. In the field of safety of women journalists, it has promoted gender equality and gender anti-harassment policies in newsrooms has run awareness-raising campaigns.

    International Federation of Journalists

  • International Press Institute (IPI)

    The International Press Institute is a global network of editors, journalists, and media executives who work to allow journalism to fulfill its public function without fear of retaliation. IPI cite violence against journalists and impunity for those who commit it as two of the biggest threats to media freedom. As such, they are at the forefront of the battle to ensure safe working environments for the world’s press. They have additionally organised campaigns which shine an international spotlight on specific incidents where violent acts have been committed against journalists.

    They operate a Death Watch List which tallies the number of journalists killed each year since 1997, raising awareness of the need for strict journalist safety regulations.

    IPI also launched the project Ontheline to monitor and raise awareness about online harassment of journalists. The project encompasses country-specific studies, including Poland, Spain and Finland, and an online harassment database for Turkey and Austria with gender disaggregated data.

  • Open Societies Foundation (OSF)

    Open Societies Foundation emphasises the importance of independent journalism to the functioning of a healthy and democratic society. In particular, OSF aims to strengthen the rule of law, respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions. With regards to this, OSF focuses on supporting initiatives led by individuals aiming to improve their journalism under difficult circumstances such as autocracy, violence, repression, and poverty.

    At the centre of OSF’s desire to strengthen democracies, they promote journalist safety and freedom as integral to their fight. OSF protects press freedom allowing increased public access to knowledge and information and greater pluralisation of voices in the media, both central to the fight for safe journalism.

  • PEN International

    PEN International has been working at a grassroots level to protect, shelter, and resettle writers at risk globally since the Second World War. Solidarity actions to support individual writers at risk have been the core of PEN’s free expression work historically, and take place within a rights-based framework.

    PEN’s protection work includes research and advice, direct assistance to writers at risk, solidarity actions, international campaigns and advocacy. In partnership with other organisations, PEN can provide small emergency grants, support asylum requests, assist with requests for temporary relocation and access to legal help.

    PEN International

  • Reporters Without Borders

    Reporters Without Borders / Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF) promotes the reinforcement of international regulations governing the safety of journalists, the foremost of which include UN Security Council Resolutions 1736 (of 2006) and 222 (of 2015). It is campaigning for the creation of the position of special representative of the UN secretary-general for the safety of journalistes. And it proposes national legislation that increases the protection of journalists. For more information, see their website and their safety guide for journalists

  • Rory Peck Trust

    The Rory Peck trust provides freelance journalists and their families practical and financial support during times of crisis, ensuring that they can work safely and professionally. They do so through three main ways. These are:

    • providing assistance grants to journalists in need of financial support
    • organising hostile environment training to aid journalists working in dangerous and hazardous situations
    • running projects such as training courses and workshops.

    By combining these methods, The Rory Peck Trust work with their international and local partners to reach freelance journalists all around the world, providing support and ensuring their ability to work safely.

  • Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA)

    The Southeast Asian Press Alliance is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation campaigning for press freedom in Southeast Asia. SEAPA aims to provide a forum for the defence of press freedom ensuring the safety of journalists attempting to fulfill their professional role.

    The organisation regularly publishes reports on press freedom and violations against it throughout all of Southeast Asia. By highlighting attacks and threats against journalists and other media professionals, SEAPA underscores the importance of journalist safety, and condemn those who disregard press freedom.

RESOURCES
  • SaferJourno: Digital Security Resources for Media Trainers

    SaferJourno is a free and open-source curriculum guide for media trainers who teach students, professionals and peers digital safety and online security. Easy to use lesson plans are in six different modules; assessing risks, basic protection, mobile phone safety, keeping data safe, researching securely, and protecting email. The toolkit starts with a trainer’s guide, which walks journalism and media trainers through adult teaching and learning approaches.

  • ACOS Freelance Journalist Safety Principles

    The Freelance Journalist Safety Principles are a comprehensive set of practices aimed at embedding a culture of safety across newsrooms and journalists worldwide. This is a first step in a long-term campaign to convince news organisations and journalists to adopt these standards globally. The ACOS Alliance (A Culture Of Safety Alliance) is a coalition of news organizations, freelance journalist associations and press freedom NGOs working together to champion safe and responsible journalistic practices for freelance and local journalists worldwide.

  • IMS Documents Best Practices on the Safety of Journalists

    Defending Journalism  is a global study by International Media Support (IMS), that analyses the efforts to safeguard journalists in seven countries where environments of conflict and instability challenges the ability of journalists to produce good, in-depth journalism. It aims to provide a mapping and greater understanding of what works and what does not work when it comes to addressing the safety of journalists.

  • INSI Safety Advisories

    INSI Advisories provide guidelines on safety issues from ‘How to protect yourself while covering protests’ to ‘Covering wars and conflicts’. International News Safety Institute (INSI) is a member-based organisation dedicated to journalists’ safety and is a vital forum for networking and information sharing via its membership portal, alerts and advisories, workshops, regional meetings and webinar discussions.

  • IREX SAFE - Securing Access to Free Expression

    SAFE – Securing Access to Free Expression is IREX’s flagship effort to enable media practitioners and human rights defenders to work as safely as possible in closed and closing spaces. SAFE serves to equip media practitioners and human rights defenders with the means to resiliently continue their important work, and manage—as well as mitigate—the risks and threats they face.

  • Journalists and Safety Training Report by Dart Center

    The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma surveyed 247 journalists around the world about the safety trainings they attended, the skills they acquired and the gaps between these trainings and their professional needs on the ground. This report, prepared by an interdisciplinary team of researchers in psychology, occupational safety and journalism practice, details the results. Click here for the full report.

  • Rory Peck Trust Resources for Freelancers

    Rory Peck Trust Resources for Freelancers is set of online resources designed to meet the unique needs of freelance journalists. RPT’s new Digital Security Guide was published in July 2018. The Rory Peck Trust provides practical and financial support to freelance journalists and their families worldwide, assisting them in times of crisis and helping them to work more safely and professionally.

  • UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists

    The UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity aims to create a free and safe environment for journalists and media workers, both in conflict and non-conflict situations, with a view to strengthening peace, democracy and development worldwide. UNESCO actively promotes the safety of those who produce journalism and believes that they have the right to work free from the threat of violence and to ensure the right to freedom of opinion and expression for all.

  • UNESCO Report 'An Attack on One is an Attack on All'

    An Attack on One is an Attack on All, is a UNESCO publication by Larry Kilman which looks at the innovative, successful ways in which media companies, individual journalists and civil society organisations are coming together to improve journalist safety and end impunity – and working successfully with governments in some cases.

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GFMD MEMBERS

  • ARTICLE 19

    ARTICLE 19 works for a world where all people can freely express themselves and actively engage in public life without fear of discrimination. They aim to combat threats, surveillance, attacks, arbitrary arrest and detention, and, in the gravest cases, enforced disappearance or killings, which are too often the cost of reporting the truth. The protection of journalists and human rights defenders, and ending impunity for attacks against them, is a global priority for safeguarding freedom of expression.

    In 2018 Article 19 conducted research to analyze violence against women journalists in Brazil. Article 19 also applied the UNESCO’s Gender Sensitive Indicators for media in Brazil concluding that there are not enough specific mechanisms for women to denounce sexual harassment in Brazilian media outlets.

    Article 19

  • European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)

    The European Federation of Journalists is Europe’s largest organisation of journalists, representing over 320,000 journalists in 44 different countries. The organisation fights for social and professional rights of journalists throughout Europe, promoting and defending rights to freedom of expression and information.

    The organisation has a number of ongoing projects promoting the safety of journalists internationally including their Journalism Is Not a Crime program in Turkey which aims to improve journalists’ rights, safety, and independence by strengthening the Journalists’ Union of Turkey. It additionally helps end judicial harassment of journalists throughout the country. Similarly, they have established a project titled Mapping Media Freedom in Europe which illustrates the varying levels of media freedom throughout Europe, highlighting violations, threats, and limitations faced by journalists and other media professionals.

  • European Journalism Centre (EJC)

    The European Journalism Centre is an international non-profit organisation working towards the development of a sustainable, ethical, and innovative future for journalism through grants, events, training, and media development. EJC recognises that their success in this field is largely reliant on an independent media environment. As such, they promote press freedom initiatives globally.

    Alongside other organisations such as the Committee to Protect Journalists, Connect Safely, Inter American Press Association and the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, EJC have been working on a new initiative titled “Facebook Safety for Journalists”. By collaborating with Facebook, EJC is able to help journalists to understand how to stay safe and secure on digital platforms.

  • Fundacion para la Libertad de Prensa (FLIP)

    Fundacion para la Libertad de Prensa (FLIP) is a non-governmental organisation that promotes press freedom in Colombia, overseeing the right of citizens to be informed. A particular focus of FLIP is Fighting Against Impunity, in which they follow up on judicial proceedings on attacks against freedom of expression. Through documentation and monitoring, dialogue with state authorities and litigation, and advice and training for journalists, FLIP promotes journalist safety and continues its fight against impunity.

    Additionally, FLIP organises a Protection and Monitoring Area which is in charge of reporting and following up on all work-related attacks against journalists, as well as advocating for their protection in threatening situations.

  • Free Press Unlimited (FPU)

    Safety is a basic need for independent media. Journalists who are subjected to personal threats or obstructed by laws or censorship cannot fulfil their crucial role as a source of objective, unbiased information. That is why Free Press Unlimited assigns top priority to creating safe working conditions for journalists. Over the years, we trained a large number of journalists and media organisations, helping them to arm themselves against violence and to communicate without other parties “listening in.” Additionally, Free Press Unlimited also manages an emergency fund for media workers, develops safety tools and actively advocates for a safer working environment for journalists worldwide.

    Free Press Unlimited

  • International Media Support (IMS)

    International Media Support (IMS) combines safety training, advocacy, and practical measures in their approach to journalist safety. They use both reactive and preventative tools to ensure the safety of media professionals. One of the core focuses of IMS is to keep media professionals safe in their quest to provide accurate and reliable information in difficult and dangerous situations. It has developed a number of reports and projects focused on raising awareness and addressing violence against female journalists, for example in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia.

    International Media Support

  • International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF)

    Every day, female journalists are killed, assaulted, threatened and defamed – all for simply pursuing the truth. To help women journalists stay safe, IWMF provides much-needed Hostile Environment and First-Aid Training along with hands-on experience in reporting in regions where safety can be an issue. Sexual harassment in the media industry has long been a problem, and in today’s challenging environment online attacks aimed at women reporters are growing. Both can result in women declining assignments or leaving the industry altogether. IWMF provided seed money for TrollBusters, an NGO that works to end digital harassment of women journalists, and partners with them to gather data about this problem and engage other partners in combatting it.

    The International Women’s Media Foundation has conducted two significant global studies for understanding the issue of women journalists’ safety around the world. One, published in 2011, covers the status of women in the news media. The other, published in 2018 (a previous study was also done in 2014) focused on violence against women journalists.

    International Women’s Media Foundation

  • Internews

    Internews is an international non-profit organisation working to build healthy media and information environments. One of their core focuses is the training and safety of journalists. They have produced safety training guides for journalists in The Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam.

    The organisation has recently focused on the threats facing environmental journalists who often deal with influential businesses, criminal activities, and high-risk incidents. Acknowledging physical attacks and threats, digital hacking, online harassments, and lawsuits, Internews aims to improve the safety and protection of environmental journalists, safeguarding press freedom in that particular country.

    Internews also published Safe Sister, a guide to digital safety for women in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • IREX

    IREX is a non-profit organisation focusing on global development and education, with a specific aim to bridge geopolitical divides by facilitating the exchange of scholars, teachers, students and ideas.

    IREX has developed a programme titled “SAFE”, which strives to enable media practitioners and social communicators to work safely and freely. Since April 2013, IREX have trained over 1,800 journalists from 14 different countries. By doing so, they aim to promote solidarity among international journalists and media professionals, fostering an environment where they can work safely. SAFE works to specifically include members of marginalized communities in program activities and to address their safety needs. The programme involves safety training for particularly dangerous situations, creates individual risk management plans (IRMPs) for journalists, developed an advisory network to guide journalists, and organises international solidarity events.

  • The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA)

    The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) works in Palestinian territories to develop media freedom and to protect freedom of expression. MADA works alongside Palestinian journalists monitoring and disseminating all violations on their rights. One of MADA’s three core objectives is reducing violations against journalists and freedom of expression. They actively condemn the arrests and detention of journalists in Palestinian territories. Additionally, they offer free legal consultation and representation for media professionals whose right to freedom of expression and opinion has been breached.

    The organisation publishes monthly reports on all attacks against media freedom that have taken place in Palestinian territories, in order to raise awareness of this ongoing issue.

  • Samir Kassir Foundation

    The Samir Kassir Foundation is a non-profit civic organisation working to spread democratic culture in Lebanon and the Arab world, encouraging press freedom, free thought, and spreading the work of murdered Lebanese journalist Samir Kassir. In 2007 The Samir Kassir Foundation established the Samir Kassir Eyes Center (SKeyes).

    The Center aims to defend both press and cultural freedom, establishing an Arab public opinion that is able to protect freedom of expression. With this focus, SKeyes provides legal support to journalists facing prosecution, undue charges and prison. They provide financial and moral support to jailed journalists, coordinate with local and international committees that defend journalism, and organise workshops, exhibitions, and conferences focusing on press and cultural freedom.

  • WAN-IFRA

    The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) is the global organisation of the world’s press, working with 80 members from 120 countries. Central to the work of WAN-IFRA is the mission to protect the rights of journalists and publishers internationally to operate independently. The organisation actively supports journalist safety by, for example, signing on to the Global Safety Principles and Practices document, providing training for women journalists in conflict situations, and calling on governments and other international institutions to prioritise journalists’ safety.

    WAN-IFRA’s Women in News Program also works to reduce violence against female journalists. For instance, in 2018 it published a handbook for media companies to address sexual harassment that includes samples for sexual harassment surveys and policies.

OTHER ORGANISATIONS AND INITIATIVES

  • ACOS Alliance

    ACOS Alliance works to embed a culture of safety across newsrooms and among freelance and local journalists worldwide. The Alliance is an unprecedented coalition of news organizations, freelance journalist associations and press freedom NGOs working together to champion safe and responsible journalistic practices.  Established in 2015, the ACOS Alliance has grown into a unique strategic alliance. The Alliance is committed to finding and implementing practical and effective initiatives that enable newsrooms and freelancers to access the resources they need to meet basic safety standards.

    As an Alliance, ACOS facilitates a space for stakeholders to enter a closer dialogue, create productive partnerships, find collaborative ways to improve the safety of local journalists and freelancers, and extend the impact of their work.

    ACOS Alliance

  • Council of Europe (COE)

    The Council of Europe has developed a platform for facilitating the compilation, processing, and dissemination of information relating to journalist freedom and safety. The platform aims to address threats and violence against media professionals to allow the Council of Europe to respond appropriately. Partner organisations of the Council can post alerts on the platform relating to some threat against journalist safety or media freedom. In doing so, the platform enables COE institutions to be alerted in a timely and systematic way and to take the necessary, coordinated action. The European Council has also launched a campaign to end impunity and to conduct investigations into attacks carried out against journalists.

  • Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

    For more than 30 years, CPJ has defended journalists’ safety and fought for press freedom. They promote press freedom worldwide and defend the right of journalists to report the news safely and without fear of reprisal. CPJ protects the free flow of news and commentary by taking action wherever journalists are under threat.

    In 2016, its annual “Attacks on the Press” publication focused on gender and media freedom worldwide. In 2017, when the UN Commission on the Status of Women spotlighted the issue of gender and media at its annual conference, the CPJ organized a panel to raise awareness on the attacks female journalists faced on a day-to-day basis in order to do their jobs.

    Committee to Protect Journalists

  • Freedom House

    Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world. They analyze the challenges to freedom, advocate for greater political rights and civil liberties, and support frontline activists to defend human rights and promote democratic change.

    Freedom House supports local efforts to defend freedom of expression and to promote the emergence of alternative media in countries where traditional media is restricted. They assist embattled journalists, including those who investigate corruption and abuses of power.

    Freedom House

  • IFEX

    IFEX is a freedom of expression global network encompassing 119 civil society groups in 65 countries. Every day, citizens, journalists, artists and activists are harassed, tortured and killed for expressing themselves. In the majority of these cases, no one is punished. IFEX is working to change this. IFEX works alongside its network of members to advocate for the free expression rights of all, including media workers, citizen journalists, activists, artists, scholars. IFEX also supports its members in projects involving the safety of women journalists.

    IFEX is the leading global network of organisations defending and promoting the right to freedom of expression and information, recognised for its effectiveness and credibility.

    IFEX

  • International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)

    IFJ focuses on the safety and protection of journalists in their ongoing commitment to media freedom. Alongside its affiliates and other safety experts, IFJ provides training, advice, support and campaigns to demand international bodies, states and employers take action to protect journalists, fight impunity and enable media professionals to work free from harassment, intimidation and violence.

    It has also published “Byte Back”, a journalist’s guide to combat digital harassment. In the field of safety of women journalists, it has promoted gender equality and gender anti-harassment policies in newsrooms has run awareness-raising campaigns.

    International Federation of Journalists

  • International Press Institute (IPI)

    The International Press Institute is a global network of editors, journalists, and media executives who work to allow journalism to fulfill its public function without fear of retaliation. IPI cite violence against journalists and impunity for those who commit it as two of the biggest threats to media freedom. As such, they are at the forefront of the battle to ensure safe working environments for the world’s press. They have additionally organised campaigns which shine an international spotlight on specific incidents where violent acts have been committed against journalists.

    They operate a Death Watch List which tallies the number of journalists killed each year since 1997, raising awareness of the need for strict journalist safety regulations.

    IPI also launched the project Ontheline to monitor and raise awareness about online harassment of journalists. The project encompasses country-specific studies, including Poland, Spain and Finland, and an online harassment database for Turkey and Austria with gender disaggregated data.

  • Open Societies Foundation (OSF)

    Open Societies Foundation emphasises the importance of independent journalism to the functioning of a healthy and democratic society. In particular, OSF aims to strengthen the rule of law, respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions. With regards to this, OSF focuses on supporting initiatives led by individuals aiming to improve their journalism under difficult circumstances such as autocracy, violence, repression, and poverty.

    At the centre of OSF’s desire to strengthen democracies, they promote journalist safety and freedom as integral to their fight. OSF protects press freedom allowing increased public access to knowledge and information and greater pluralisation of voices in the media, both central to the fight for safe journalism.

  • PEN International

    PEN International has been working at a grassroots level to protect, shelter, and resettle writers at risk globally since the Second World War. Solidarity actions to support individual writers at risk have been the core of PEN’s free expression work historically, and take place within a rights-based framework.

    PEN’s protection work includes research and advice, direct assistance to writers at risk, solidarity actions, international campaigns and advocacy. In partnership with other organisations, PEN can provide small emergency grants, support asylum requests, assist with requests for temporary relocation and access to legal help.

    PEN International

  • Reporters Without Borders

    Reporters Without Borders / Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF) promotes the reinforcement of international regulations governing the safety of journalists, the foremost of which include UN Security Council Resolutions 1736 (of 2006) and 222 (of 2015). It is campaigning for the creation of the position of special representative of the UN secretary-general for the safety of journalistes. And it proposes national legislation that increases the protection of journalists. For more information, see their website and their safety guide for journalists

  • Rory Peck Trust

    The Rory Peck trust provides freelance journalists and their families practical and financial support during times of crisis, ensuring that they can work safely and professionally. They do so through three main ways. These are:

    • providing assistance grants to journalists in need of financial support
    • organising hostile environment training to aid journalists working in dangerous and hazardous situations
    • running projects such as training courses and workshops.

    By combining these methods, The Rory Peck Trust work with their international and local partners to reach freelance journalists all around the world, providing support and ensuring their ability to work safely.

  • Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA)

    The Southeast Asian Press Alliance is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation campaigning for press freedom in Southeast Asia. SEAPA aims to provide a forum for the defence of press freedom ensuring the safety of journalists attempting to fulfill their professional role.

    The organisation regularly publishes reports on press freedom and violations against it throughout all of Southeast Asia. By highlighting attacks and threats against journalists and other media professionals, SEAPA underscores the importance of journalist safety, and condemn those who disregard press freedom.