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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The Coalition Against Online Violence has just launched the Online Violence Response Hub, a project of the IWMF with ICFJ. This hub is a robust resource center where women journalists – and newsrooms – can find updated research, emergency assistance, and easy-to-follow recommendations for their specific situation.
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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
|Impact of the 2015 Universal Periodic Review on Press Freedom in Nepal||2020||Nepal||Free Press Unlimited||Thakur, M.|
|Journalism & the Pandemic: A Global Snapshot of Impacts||2020||Global||International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) & Tow Center for Digital Journalism||Posetti, J. et al.|
|Safety of Journalists and the Fighting of Corruption in the EU||2020||Denmark, Europe, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden||Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam||McGonagle, T. et al.|
|States of Control: COVID, Cuts and Impunity: South Asia Press Freedom Report 2019-2020||2020||Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka||International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)|
|Balancing Act: Countering Digital Disinformation While Respecting Freedom of Expression||2020||Global||Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development||Bontcheva, K and Posetti, J. (Eds.)|
|COVID-19 News Organisations Safety Protocols: Working with Freelancers||2020||Global||ACOS Alliance|
|Online violence Against Women Journalists: A Global Snapshot of Incidence and Impacts||2020||Global||UNESCO and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ)||Posetti, J. et al.|
|Journalism Without Fear or Favour: Background Paper on Safety Challenges of Journalists in Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia||2020||Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines||Free Press Unlimited||Aziz, M.|
|Joint stakeholder submission UPR Nepal 2021||2020||Nepal||Freedom Forum and Free Press Unlimited||Freedom Forum and Free Press Unlimited|
|Internal Evaluation Reporters Respond and Legal Defense Fund (2018-2019)||2020||Global||Free Press Unlimited||Aziz, M.|
|Legal Responses to Online Harassment and Abuse of Journalists: Perspectives from Finland, France and Ireland||2019||Finland, France, Ireland||OSCE - Office of the Representative on Freedom of the Media & International Press Institute||McCully, J.|
|Newsroom Best Practices for Addressing Online Violence Against Journalists||2019||Finland, Germany, Poland, United Kingdom||International Press Institute (IPI)|