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 UNESCO data added
Recently the 2020 UNESCO DG Report on the Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity was published. The Physical safety and Legal safety pages have been updated to include the newest data.
New online course: Keep it private
IWMF created a course on online privacy for journalists for Totem (in EN and ES). The goal of this course is to get journalists thinking about privacy and the information they share online, and to provide them with practical tips on how to better protect themselves and their family.
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
|Defending Journalism: How National Mechanisms Can Protect Journalists and Address the Issues of Impunity. A Comparative Analysis of Practices in Seven Countries||2017||Afghanistan, Colombia, Indonesia, Iraq, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines||International Media Support (IMS)||report|
|A Changing Asian Media: Assessing Challenges and Opportunities for Evolving Media in South and Southeast Asia||2017||South and Southeast Asia||International Media Support (IMS)||media landscape assessment|
|An Attack on One is an Attack on All: Successful Initiatives to Protect Journalists and Combat Impunity||2017||Global||UNESCO/IPDC||case study/ies, story/stories|