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: Human Rights Documentation.
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
|The Fight Against Impunity||2019||Global||Free Press Unlimited||Nijhof, S. & Pavicic, M.|
|Een onveilig klimaat – onderzoek bedreigingen van vrouwelijke journalisten (research to threats of female journalists)||2019||Netherlands||Nederlandse Vereniging van Journalisten||Odekerken, M.W.A. & Das, L.E.|
|For Investigative Journalists in Indonesia ‘the Threats are Real’||2019||Indonesia||Free Press Unlimited||Free Press Unlimited|
|The Safety of Women Journalists: Breaking the Cycle of Silence and Violence||2019||Afghanistan, Colombia, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia||International Media Support (IMS)||Chocarro, S.|
|Nicaragua: Psychological Support for Confidencial’s Journalists||2019||Nicaragua||Free Press Unlimited||Free Press Unlimited|
|Journalist Jones Abiri: tortured and two years in detention||2019||Nigeria||Free Press Unlimited||Free Press Unlimited|
|‘This Can Save Our Lives’: Safety Training for El Salvador’s Local Journalists||2019||El Salvador||Free Press Unlimited||Free Press Unlimited|
|Melanio Escobar: Press freedom in Venezuela in ‘a downward spiral’||2019||Venezuela||Free Press Unlimited||Free Press Unlimited|
|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)||Trionfi, B. & Luque, J.|
|Fear, Trauma and Local Journalists: Cross-border Lessons in Psychosocial Support for Journalists||2019||Latin America, MENA, South and Southeast Asia||International Media Support (IMS)||Bets, M. & Beighly, P.|
|Intensified Attacks, New Defences: Developments in the Fight to Protect Journalists and End Impunity||2019||Global||UNESCO||McCabe, S. (Ed.)|