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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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
|No Excuse for Abuse: What Social Media Companies Can Do Now to Combat Online Harassment and Empower Users||2021||United States of America||PEN America||PEN America|
|The Chilling: Global Trends in Online Violence Against Women Journalists||2021||Global||UNESCO||Posetti, J. et al.|
|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|
|Threats that Silence: Trends in the Safety of Journalists||2021||Global||UNESCO||Chorbacher, T. et al.|
|Murders, Physical Assaults & Online Harassment: Silencing Journalism in Somalia. Somalia Annual Press Freedom Report 2020 – 2021||2021||Somalia||Federation of Somali Journalists (FESOJ)||Federation of Somali Journalists (FESOJ)|
|Sexual Harassment in the Media||2021||Africa||WAN-IFRA||Ireton, C.|
|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)||International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)|