To help assaulted reporters continue their vital work, Free Press Unlimited has launched Reporters Respond. This international emergency fund provides direct assistance to journalists and media outlets, enabling them to resume work as quickly as possible when faced with local obstruction.
Reporters Respond aims to support media workers in distress, usually within a very short time-frame. We provide media workers with one-time grants to cover costs, varying from legal costs to costs for replacing their damaged equipment. Together with international partners we aim to find sustainable solutions where possible. Our aim is to get people back to work as soon as possible.
Intimidation of journalists
Free Press Unlimited believes that journalists should be able to function as independent actors and function as change catalysts within society, especially under difficult circumstances like armed conflict and oppression. However, in many areas around the world the minimal conditions for a free and independent media are not met. Journalists are confronted with vandalism, violence and intimidation because of their reporting and are often unable to continue their work as a result.
Applying for emergency support
For vetting cases, Free Press Unlimited works together with a network of (inter)national organisations worldwide which are also active in providing emergency support to media workers. If you have applied for support from other organisations, please indicate this in your application. If you do not want your data to be shared (securely) with others, please also let us know.
Free Press Unlimited currently coordinates its activities with the following partners:
Article 19 | CJFE | Committe to Protect Journalists | Freedom House | Frontline Defender | Human Rights Watch | IFI | International Media Support | IWMF | IREX | Journalisten Helfen | Kality Fonden | Media Defence | Pen International | Pen America | Rory Peck Trust | Reporters Without Borders