Free Press Unlimited partners with global law firm Linklaters
Free Press Unlimited and Linklaters are delighted to further strengthen their existing partnership.
All over the world, independent media are facing increasing levels of repression, violence and intimidation. Access to information, independent media and freedom of expression are crucial to citizens and social organisations that want to combat poverty and inequality in their society. By reporting independently, and making public debate possible, independent media can contribute to positive change in their society.
Free Press Unlimited’s emergency legal support
Free Press Unlimited’s Reporters Respond fund is an emergency response fund that provides direct assistance, legal support, and safety advice to journalists and media outlets in distress, enabling them to resume their work as quickly as possible. This fund can support journalists and media organisations worldwide who are confronted with (online) harassment, intimidation, legal proceedings, or violence because of their work.
Since 2018, when Free Press Unlimited started to provide legal assistance through its Reporters Respond fund, the programme has responded to 230 requests for assistance, reaching over 750 journalists worldwide.
Linklaters is committed to leveraging its expertise and resources to deliver positive social impact. Linklaters will support Free Press Unlimited with pro bono legal assistance, including corporate housekeeping, ad hoc advice on issues of international law, and legal assistance in selected cases before courts, international tribunals and governmental bodies.
Gerard Meijer, Dispute Resolution Partner at Linklaters in Amsterdam: “We are delighted to be able to work with Free Press Unlimited, bringing Linklaters’ expertise to the aid of journalists and providing pro bono access to high quality advice and support.”
Tomás A. Chang Pico, Senior Programme Officer for Safety for Journalists at Free Press Unlimited: “Many brave journalists and media outlets are paying the price of holding power to account. They deserve protection. The partnership with Linklaters means a lot to us and to the countless journalists who need our help.”