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
|COVID-19 News Organisations Safety Protocols: Working with Freelancers||2020||Global||ACOS Alliance||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.|
|Media Pluralism Monitor 2020||2020||Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Eastern Europe, Estonia, Europe, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom||Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF), European University Insitute||Brogi, E. et al.|
|Journalism in Bangladesh during Corona Pandemic||2020||Bangladesh||South Asia Center for Media in Development (SACMID)||Sultana, A. et al.|
|Breaking the Silence||2020||Europe||Index on Censorship||Mhainín, J.N.|
|A Gathering Storm: The Laws Being Used to Silence the Media||2020||Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Europe, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom||Index on Censorship||Mhainín, J.N.|
|Engendering Hate: The Countours of State-Aligned Gendered Disinformation Online||2020||Philippines, Poland||Demos||Judson, E. et al.|
|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.|