Press freedom and the space for independent media are under threat, as stipulated in various UN resolutions addressing journalist safety. UN Sectary-General Guterres stated that ‘civic space has been shrinking worldwide at an alarming rate. And with anti-media rhetoric on the rise, so too are violence and harassment against journalists, including women … When media workers are targeted, societies as a whole pay a price.’ Governments practise legal intimidation and censorship of dissenting voices, also in the digital space. Criminal gangs threaten those who report on corruption. The result is that journalists exercise self-censorship, leave the profession, disappear into exile or stay silent. This is a deliberate attack on civic space that requires a cross-cutting approach to safety of journalists.
This Safety Resource Space is the place to find information on the safety of journalists. It includes information on Free Press Unlimited’s safety-related activities, background information on the safety of journalists, practical resources, and best practices and examples of successful projects and approaches.
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New report on internet shutdowns
Access Now launched its new report for the #KeepItOn campaign on internet shutdowns in 2021. More information on internet shutdowns and digital safety more broadly can be found here.
New online course
A new course was launched on the Totem platform in English: Risk Analysis.
Free Press Unlimited believes that a safe work environment is a basic need for independent media. It is imperative that journalists carry out their work free from violence and free from obstruction. A commitment to safety cuts across all of Free Press Unlimited’s activities.
Free Press Unlimited believes that safety should be approached as a comprehensive concept that has physical, psycho-social, digital and legal dimensions. As these dimensions of safety impact on each other, it is important to adopt an inclusive approach, that also takes gender into account.
Evidence base: Safety of journalists
|Reset Required? Evaluatinging the Media Freedom Coalition after its first two years||2022||Global||University of East Anglia, City University of London and University of the Philippines-Diliman||Myers, M; Scott, M; Bunce, M; Yassin, L; Fernandez, M.C.; Khan, R.|
|Investigating the killing of Elisabeth Blanche Olofio||2022||Central African Republic||Free Press Unlimited||A Safer World For The Truth|
|Gender Violence Against Journalists||2022||Brazil||Abraji|
|Journalism is a public good||2022||Global||UNESCO||Berger, G. et al.|
|The Chilling: What More Can News Organisations Do to Combat Gendered Online Violence?||2022||Global||UNESCO||Posetti, J. & Shabbir, N.|
|The Chilling: Assessing Big Tech’s Response to Online Violence Against Women Journalists||2022||Global||UNESCO||Posetti, J., Bontcheva, K. & Shabbir, N.|
|The Return of Digital Authoritarianism: Internet Shutdowns in 2021||2022||Global||Access Now|
|Safety of Women Journalists in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Perceptions, Experience and Understanding of Safety and Gendered Safety Risks||2022||Bosnia-Herzegovina||Free Press Unlimited||Aziz, M., Josimovic, N. & Mednansky, A.|
|Equally Safe: Towards a Feminist Approach to the Safety of Journalists||2022||Global||Article 19||Robinson, J. & Yoshida, K.|
|No News Is Bad News Programme Evaluation||2021||Global||Free Press Unlimited||Myers, M. et al.|
|The Global Expression Report 2021: The state of freedom of expression around the world||2021||Global||ARTICLE 19||ARTICLE 19|
|Wanted! Real Action for Media Freedom in Europe||2021||Europe||Council of Europe Platform to Promote the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists||Council of Europe Platform to Promote the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists|