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Reporters Respond: emergency funding for the media

Safety of journalists

Reporters Respond is an international emergency fund that provides direct assistance to journalists and media outlets in distress, enabling them to resume work as quickly as possible when faced with a crisis situation.

Around the world, journalists face an increasing level of repression, violence and intimidation. If journalists are being attacked and harassed, the media cannot provide their audiences with independent and reliable news, which people need in order to survive and thrive. Journalists and media organisations in distress can apply for emergency support from Reporters Respond. The fund supports journalists who have been confronted with (online) harassment, intimidation or violence to continue their vital work.

Applying for emergency support

Media professionals and organisations in distress can apply for support from Reporters Respond. This is what we can offer:

  • Medical assistance: for injuries sustained in the course of the journalists work;
  • Subsistence costs: short term support for journalists who are not able to work, or costs to temporarily flee an unsafe or vulnerable situation;
  • Psychological support: advice, referral, and funds to seek psychosocial assistance;
  • Work provisions: digital tools like VPNs for online protection and work materials in exceptional cases;
  • Family support: temporary support for family members of journalists who are unable to work, who are imprisoned, or who are deceased;
  • Preventive safety measures: knowledge and resources that help the recipient to circumvent censorship and communicate safely and securely, as well as security training (on location or online).


When you apply, make sure you meet the following requirements:

  • You are a media organisation or a practicing media professional; 
  • Your emergency situation is a direct result of your work as a media professional;
  • You recognise that this assistance is not structural but provided on an incidental (one-time) basis;
  • You recognise that the aim of our support is to resume your work as soon as possible; 
  • Your situation can be confirmed by at least two trusted sources outside of yourself.

Please note that Reporters Respond cannot provide support with general financial hardship.

Are you a journalist in distress? Apply here for support.

For additional questions you can email us at or contact our Free Press Unlimited office on: +31 20 8000 400. We will respond to your request within 24 hours. 


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