Safety for journalists

Safety for journalists

Press freedom is under pressure all over the world. In many countries, journalists are imprisoned, assaulted or even murdered – just for doing their job. And online too, authoritarian governments work hard to monitor the activities of local media and journalists and limit the public’s access to an open internet. Free Press Unlimited lobbies governments around the world to protect journalists and their sources. And to bring those who violate their rights to justice. We encourage journalists to band together and jointly defend the freedom of the press.

Safety is a basic need for independent media. Journalists who are subjected to personal threats or obstructed by laws or censorship cannot fulfil their crucial role as a source of objective, unbiased information. That is why Free Press Unlimited assigns top priority to creating safe working conditions for journalists. In 2016, we trained a large number of journalists and media organisations, helping them to arm themselves against violence and to communicate without other parties ‘listening in’. And within our own organisation, we also do everything we can to guarantee the safety of our partners.

Our long-term objective is to ensure that journalists know how to circumvent monitoring and surveillance (by governments and other parties) and effectively protect themselves against physical, digital, legal and psycho-social violence. Journalists can only fulfil their role in society when they are able to do their job safely and when they have received the necessary training. This corresponds with two ‘interim goals’ in our Theory of Change