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.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, on May 1st, The Globe International Center (GIC) organised a Facebook live event to celebrate World Press Freedom Day 2020. As well as this, GIC celebrated the day by awarding the 12th annual Media Freedom Award “For the Truth”, to Mongolian investigative reporter, G. Tsolmon.
April 24, 2020 – Webinar
How can journalists protect themselves physically, psychologically and digitally while #coveringCOVID? What should employers be doing to support them? And what long term effects should we prepare for now? This webinar is part of the Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum from the International Center for Journalists and IJNet.
Apr 23, 2020 – Webinar at Zoom
In a global crisis like this, journalists play a critical role: they inform the public and they monitor and report abuses of power by officials. But how can they do this when they’re dealing with psychological stress and threats to their own health and safety? This one-hour webinar is free and designed for journalists interested in investigating the pandemic. I will be held on Apr 23, 2020 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada).
With the increase in video conferencing, protecting ourselves online has never been more important. This includes knowing how to safeguard our online spaces from the phenomenon known as “Zoom-bombing.” We created a guide to help.
WAN-IFRA have released Episode Six of their media freedom Podcast, The Backstory. The newest episode outlines the steps journalists can take to keep themselves safe while covering protests, which are taking place internationally with increasing frequency.
In recent days, media freedom organisations have shed light on threats against journalists reporting on the arrival of migrants into Greece. These attacks are taking place in a context of violence against migrants and those supporting them, such as NGOs and self-organised groups.
The World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) recently released Episodes 4 and 5 of Season 2 of “The Backstory”, their podcast series exploring media freedom issues from across the globe.
On February 6th, IREX hosted a webinar titled “Towards Inclusive Safety Trainings: A discussion and training showcase with IREX’s Securing Access to Free Expression (SAFE) team”.
On February 6, IREX will host a GFMD webinar to present a new Annex to its Basic Training curriculum, provide a showcase of one of the curriculum’s lessons, and discuss inclusion in safety training.
Deadline: 31 December 2019
Call for Applications The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) is extending its Journalists-in-Residence programme to include up to three more media professionals from Turkey and Eurasia who will spend six months in residence in Leipzig.
Deadline: 12 November 2019
Training Course Under the Adelante initiative, five teams of two journalists will travel to Tapachula, Mexico and Quetzaltenango, Guatemala in from March 2-17, 2020 to generate coverage on issues that normally do not receive sufficient attention in Mexico and Guatemala.
The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) have launched episode three of their media freedom podcast, The Back Story.
The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has recently launched the second season of its podcast The Backstory: A Media Freedom Podcast. The second season will be entirely devoted to examining in-depth the many facets of the conversation around the safety of journalists. The Backstory attempts to raise some of the fundamental aspects of the safety conversation to its global listeners.
According to UNESCO, 82 journalists and media workers have been killed globally in 2018 to date. On average, 90% of crimes against journalists go unpunished.
Deadline: 30 September
The ECPMF’s Journalists-in-Residence programme was designed as a temporary shelter for journalists who face harassment and intimidation as a direct result of their work.
On 27 March the EU Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs adopted the Report on media pluralism and media freedom in the EU. The report includes a motion for a European Parliament Resolution, which focuses on the relationship between media pluralism, freedom of expression and democracy in the digital age.
The call is directed at the European Commission suggesting that in addition to condemning the recent killings of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and Daphne Caruana Galizia and calling upon authorities to address them on the national level the Commission should come up with better ways to protect journalists and journalism on the EU level.
“Defending Journalism”, a new global study by International Media Support (IMS), 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.