Journalist at work in conflict area

Reporters Respond: emergency funding for the media

Journalists and media organisations in distress can apply for emergency support from Reporters Respond. The fund can support journalists who have been confronted with (online) harassment, intimidation or violence to continue their vital work.With our Reporters Respond fund, we aim to support journalists under threat and help them to continue their vital work.

To help reporters under threat, 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 a crisis situation. Short-term support is provided irrespective of the medium and the area covered by the journalist or outlet.

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.

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 as soon as possible.

Safety for journalists

Around the world, journalists face an increasing level of repression, violence and intimidation by governments, interest groups, militia and other parties. As a result, journalists and media professionals are often unable to continue their work. 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.  

International partnerships

Together with our international partners we verify and discuss cases, coordinate joint efforts and aim to find sustainable solutions where possible. Free Press Unlimited currently coordinates its activities with the following networks:

The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR)

European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)  | Article 19 | the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) | Free Press Unlimited (FPU) | the Institute for Applied Informatics at the University of Leipzig (InfAI) | International Press Institute (IPI) | CCI/Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT).

The project commenced in 2020 and is funded by the European Commission.

Journalists in Distress network (JID), including the following partners

Article 19 | Committee to Protect Journalists | Defend Defenders (EHAHRDP) | Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders | European Centre for Press and Media Freedom  | Freedom House | Front Line Defenders | International Federation of Journalists | International Media Support | Internews | International Women's Media Foundation | IREX Journalist Safety Network | Journalists helping journalists | Marie Colvin Circle | Media Legal Defence Initiative | Pen International | Pen America | Rory Peck Trust | Reporters Without Borders | SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom


Photo: Younes Pen

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