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CPJ's resource center shares critical resources to help journalists prepare for an assignment or respond to an emergency.

The Pre-assignment Preparations section can help journalists review safety manuals, plan an assignment, select and obtain the necessary training, insurance, and personal protective equipment (PPE). Other resources can assist journalists in being medically prepared for overseas assignments, mentally prepared for trauma or violence, and to maintain their mental health and safety. It also includes details on digital safety best practices.

The Post-incident Assistance section direct journalists to information on trusted partners and other organizations and resources that assist in relocation following a serious threat, and/or provide legal, prison, family, medical, trauma, digital, and/or equipment support in an emergency. It also includes information on grants, awards, and fellowships.

Pre-assignment Preparations

Pre-assignment considerations and recommendations

Safety Manuals and Guides
General manuals and guides on journalist safety while on assignment

Planning
Planning components includingrisk assessments, communications plans, proof-of-life documents, checklists, travel warnings, and safety advisories

Training
Training options, Hostile Environment and First Aid Training (HEFAT) providers, and first aid training resources

Insurance
Insurance coverage and providers

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Available equipment and PPE providers

Medical Preparedness
Region and country-specific vaccinations, preventative medicine information

Trauma Preparedness
Resources for dealing with trauma, sexual violence, and other issues

Digital Safety Preparedness
Online resources on digital safety and best practices

Post-incident Assistance

Support for journalists in distress

    Emergency Relocation
    Resources for journalists who need to temporarily or permanently leave their home / city / country following threats due to their work

    Legal Support
    Referrals for legal counsel and financial assistance to help cover legal fees of journalists detained, arrested, or prosecuted for their work

    Prison Support
    Financial support options to help cover medicine, food, and basic living essentials for journalists imprisoned for their work

    Family Support
    Resources for the relatives of journalists imprisoned or killed due to their work

    Medical Support
    Resources for covering medical costs of journalists injured while on assignment

    Trauma Support
    Referrals to trauma counseling and other resources for stress, psycho-social distress, and PTSD, as well as financial assistance for trauma counseling

    Digital Support
    Resources for technical support and consultation for handling digital attacks including online harassment, hacking, or DDoS

    Damaged / Confiscated Equipment Replacement
    Resources for replacing equipment damaged or confiscated while on assignment

    Awards and Fellowships
    General information on awards, fellowships, and other programs open to journalists



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Pre-assignment considerations and recommendations

Safety Manuals and Guides

Information on journalist safety and other related pre-assignment material:


Training

Assess any risks associated with an upcoming assignment and arrange the necessary training.

Information on training and organizations that offer courses.


Planning

Resources for developing plans and procedures for assignments.


Insurance

Guidance on choosing and purchasing insurance for specific assignments:


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Information on selecting PPE that meets the risks and needs of specific assignments. Journalists should check in advance for country-specific border restrictions on PPE.

Each country has its own regulations on PPE and journalists should research each relevant country regulation before traveling.


Medical Preparedness

Ensure that preventative medicine needs are met before leaving on assignment.


Trauma Preparedness

Resources for information on dealing with trauma and sexual violence or harassment.


Digital Safety

General information on digital safety and best practice.



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Support for journalists in distress


The Journalists in Distress (JID) Network

The Journalists in Distress (JID) Network is made up of 18 international organizations, including CPJ, that provide direct assistance to journalists and media workers.

  • Article 19: Named after Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, this organization works to combat censorship, promote freedom of expression, and improve access to official information.
  • Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE): CJFE is a Canadian nongovernmental organization supported by Canadian journalists and advocates of free expression.
  • Free Press Unlimited (FPU): By supporting local media professionals and journalists in more than 40 countries worldwide, Free Press Unlimited works to ensure that reliable sources of news and information are available to people across the globe.
  • Freedom House: Freedom House is dedicated to defending defend human rights and promoting democratic change, with a focus on political rights and civil liberties.
  • Front Line Defenders (FLD): FLD was founded in Dublin in 2001 to protect human rights defenders. It is the lead partner in ProtectDefenders.eu, a European Union Human Rights Defenders mechanism.
  • Human Rights Watch (HRW): HRW is a leading independent organization dedicated to defending and protecting human rights.
  • International Federation of Journalists (IFJ): The IFJ promotes international action to defend press freedom and social justice through strong, free, and independent trade unions of journalists.
  • International Media Support (IMS): IMS is a non-profit organization working to support local media in countries affected by armed conflict, authoritarian rule and political transition.
  • International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF): The IWMF is dedicated to strengthening the role of women journalists worldwide.
  • IREX: IREX is a nonprofit that works to build a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world through empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information.
  • Journalisten helfen Journalisten (Journalists Helping Journalists, JHJ): JHJ is a nongovernmental organization that supports journalists and their families under threat from governments, civil war, or politically or religiously motivated violence.
  • Kality Foundation: The Kality Foundation is a Sweden-based foundation that provides financial assistance to reporters and photographers imprisoned for their work.
  • Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI): MLDI is a non-governmental global organization that provides legal support to journalists and media outlets.
  • PEN America: PEN America defends writers and protects open expression in the United States and worldwide.
  • PEN International: PEN International is an association of writers working to promote literature and defend freedom of expression around the world.
  • Reporters Without Borders (RSF): Reporters Without Borders documents press freedom abuses and advocates on behalf of journalists worldwide.
  • The Rory Peck Trust (RPT): The RPT provides practical assistance and support to freelance newsgatherers and their families worldwide.

Emergency Relocation

Resources for journalists who have received serious threats or are in distress in relation to their work, and may need emergency relocation:


Legal Support

Resources for journalists who are detained, arrested, or prosecuted because of their work, or who may need referrals to legal counsel, a lawyer, or financial assistance to cover legal fees:


Prison Support

Resources for jailed journalists who may require financial assistance to cover medicine, food, or basic living essentials:


Family Support

Resources for the families of journalists imprisoned or killed because of their work:


Medical Support

Medical support resources for journalists who are either injured while on assignment or because of their work, and who may require financial assistance to cover medical bills, medications, or other related costs:


Trauma Support

Resources for information on dealing with trauma and sexual violence or harassment.


Digital Support

Resources for journalists or news outlets after a digital attack, online harassment, or other incident relating to the internet or technology because of their journalistic work:


Damaged / Confiscated Equipment Replacement

Resources for journalists who have had equipment damaged or confiscated while on a work-related assignment


Awards and Fellowships

Information on awards, fellowships, and other related items. CPJ does not administer these programs.



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The Journalists in Distress (JID) Network is made up of 18 international organizations, including CPJ, that provide direct assistance to journalists and media workers.

  • Article 19: Named after Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, this organization works to combat censorship, promote freedom of expression, and improve access to official information.
  • Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE): CJFE is a Canadian nongovernmental organization supported by Canadian journalists and advocates of free expression.
  • Free Press Unlimited (FPU): By supporting local media professionals and journalists in more than 40 countries worldwide, Free Press Unlimited works to ensure that reliable sources of news and information are available to people across the globe.
  • Freedom House: Freedom House is dedicated to defending defend human rights and promoting democratic change, with a focus on political rights and civil liberties.
  • Front Line Defenders (FLD): FLD was founded in Dublin in 2001 to protect human rights defenders. It is the lead partner in ProtectDefenders.eu, a European Union Human Rights Defenders mechanism.
  • Human Rights Watch (HRW): HRW is a leading independent organization dedicated to defending and protecting human rights.
  • International Federation of Journalists (IFJ): The IFJ promotes international action to defend press freedom and social justice through strong, free, and independent trade unions of journalists.
  • International Media Support (IMS): IMS is a non-profit organization working to support local media in countries affected by armed conflict, authoritarian rule and political transition.
  • International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF): The IWMF is dedicated to strengthening the role of women journalists worldwide.
  • IREX: IREX is a nonprofit that works to build a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world through empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information.
  • Journalisten helfen Journalisten (Journalists Helping Journalists, JHJ): JHJ is a nongovernmental organization that supports journalists and their families under threat from governments, civil war, or politically or religiously motivated violence.
  • Kality Foundation: The Kality Foundation is a Sweden-based foundation that provides financial assistance to reporters and photographers imprisoned for their work.
  • Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI): MLDI is a non-governmental global organization that provides legal support to journalists and media outlets.
  • PEN America: PEN America defends writers and protects open expression in the United States and worldwide.
  • PEN International: PEN International is an association of writers working to promote literature and defend freedom of expression around the world.
  • Reporters Without Borders (RSF): Reporters Without Borders documents press freedom abuses and advocates on behalf of journalists worldwide.
  • The Rory Peck Trust (RPT): The RPT provides practical assistance and support to freelance newsgatherers and their families worldwide.

We provide support to frontline journalists, and work to ensure that all journalists, including freelancers and media support workers, are aware of safety and security issues before entering a conflict zone. We work to prevent deaths, detentions, kidnappings, and other dangers through information sharing and practical guidance. We provide on-the-ground advocacy and rapid response support to journalists who are injured, imprisoned, or forced to flee because of their work.

Gene Roberts Emergency Fund

Our Journalist Assistance program dispenses emergency grants to journalists in distress worldwide through CPJ's Gene Roberts Emergency Fund, which was renamed in honor of Gene Roberts, the veteran U.S. journalist and former chairman of the CPJ board who was instrumental in the creation of the Journalist Assistance program. The program also raises funds for journalists from outside sources and collaborates with other freedom of expression organizations.

CPJ refers journalists to resources, including information on grants, fellowships, and awards.
Due to the high volume of requests, we are not able to respond to everyone who needs our help. CPJ gives priority to crisis situations.

CPJ does not provide funding for organizations, media outlets, or media projects, and we do not offer professional training or scholarships.

ACOS Alliance

CPJ is a founding member of the ACOS Alliance, which stands for 'A Culture of Safety' and promotes the Freelance Journalist Safety Principles which news organizations and press groups have signed. The principles are designed to improve safety and help journalists and news organizations talk about safety with each other. Although there is no such thing as foolproof security, there are basic steps that news organizations and individual journalists can take to understand risk and improve their chances of protecting themselves and their sources.

You can find more information about the ACOS Alliance, the Freelance Journalist Safety Principles, ACOS signatories, and see details on resources available to freelancers here.

Journalists in Distress Network

CPJ is also a member of the Journalists in Distress (JID) network, a group of 18 international organizations that provide direct assistance to journalists and media workers whose lives or careers are threatened because of their work. Each organization has its own mandate and criteria for emergency assistance; the network does not engage in joint advocacy. The JID network was established in 2006 to allow member organizations with freedom of expression mandates to more easily share information, coordinate joint efforts, and avoid duplication.

Members of the JID Network:

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  • ARTICLE 19
  • Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE)
  • Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
  • Free Press Unlimited (FPU)
  • Freedom House
  • Front Line Defenders (FLD)
  • Human Rights Watch (HRW)
  • International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
  • International Media Support (IMS)
  • International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF)
  • IREX Journalist Safety Network
  • Journalists Helping Journalists (JHJ)
  • Kality Foundation
  • Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI)
  • PEN America
  • PEN International
  • Rory Peck Trust (RPT)
  • Reporters Without Borders (RSF)

How to Get Help »

To report a press freedom violation please contact the appropriate CPJ regional staff. All information is confidential. See below for regional contact details.

The safest way to contact CPJ is via SecureDrop. Here's how:

First, download the Tor Browser which makes Web browsing anonymous and protects it from eavesdropping. Because of the protection it offers, Tor Browser is the only way to access SecureDrop.

When you have downloaded Tor, visit CPJ's SecureDrop address in Tor Browser: 2x2hb5ykeu4qlxqe.onion

You can also contact us via e-mail at [email protected] or contact us through mail, telephone, or fax. You will be asked to provide information about your circumstance, which will be treated in confidence.

Contact details for CPJ regional teams:

Africa

Africa Program Coordinator:
Angel Quintal
Research Associate
Jonathan Rozen

Contact CPJ Africa
Tel: 212-465-1004
Fax: 212-465-9568
Twitter: @CPJAfrica

Americas

Senior Program Coordinator:
Carlos Lauría
Senior Americas and U.S. Research Associate
Alexandra Ellerbeck
Research Associate
Natalie Southwick

Contact CPJ Americas
Tel: 212-465-1004
Fax: 212-465-9568
Twitter: @CPJAmericas
Facebook: CPJ en Español

Asia

Research Associate:
Aliya Iftikhar

Contact CPJ Asia
Tel: 212-465-1004
Twitter: @cpjasia
Facebook: CPJ Asia Desk

Europe and Central Asia

Program Coordinator:
Nina Ognianova
Research Associate:
Gulnoza Said

Contact CPJ Europe & Central Asia
Tel: 212-465-100 4
ext 106, 101
Fax: 212-465-9568
Facebook: CPJ ECA Desk

Middle East and North Africa

Program Coordinator:
Sherif Mansour
Research Associate:
Justin Shilad

Contact CPJ Middle East and North Africa
Tel: +1 (212) 300-9018,
+1 (212) 300-9017
Twitter: @CPJMena
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Due to the high volume of requests, we are not able to respond to everyone who needs our help. CPJ gives priority to crisis situations.


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The Fund

CPJ provides financial support to journalists at risk through its Gene Roberts Emergency Fund, which was renamed in 2014 in honor of Gene Roberts, a veteran U.S. journalist and former chairman of the CPJ board who was instrumental in the creation of the Journalist Assistance program.

The Gene Roberts fund is administered by the CPJ staff in New York and overseen by a special committee of CPJ's board of directors. It provides modest grants to journalists who qualify for CPJ assistance.

To apply for an emergency grant from the Gene Roberts Emergency Fund, journalists must complete and submit a request form, which will be reviewed by CPJ staff. Only journalists approved to receive assistance from CPJ's Journalist Assistance program will be awarded emergency grants. For additional information on requesting support from CPJ, please see How To Get Help.

Gene Roberts

(University of Maryland)

Roberts has taught at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland since 1991, following 18 years as the executive editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, which won 17 Pulitzer Prizes under his leadership.

He took a hiatus from his university work from 1994 to 1997 to serve as managing editor of The New York Times. In 1998, he returned to the college, where he teaches courses on writing the complex story, the press and the civil rights movement, and newsroom management.

Roberts is a former chairman of the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists. He has served on the boards of the Pulitzer Prize, the World Press Freedom Committee, and the Center for Foreign Journalists. He has co-authored numerous books, including Leaving Readers Behind: The Age of Corporate Newspaper, The Censors and the Schools, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Race Beat. He was editor-in-chief of the American Journalism Review's "State of the American Newspaper Project," published in 2000.

Roberts began his career as a farm reporter for North Carolina's Goldsboro News-Argus. He later joined The New York Times where he led the paper's coverage of the 1960s civil rights movement in the South and served as chief war correspondent in Vietnam. Roberts received the National Press Club's Fourth Estate Award for Distinguished Contributions to Journalism in 1993.

Supporting the Gene Roberts Fund

The Gene Roberts Fund is supported by private donations. If you are interested in supporting the Fund, please contact CPJ's Development Department by email at [email protected] or by calling 212-300-9002, or visit Support CPJ.

CPJ aids 170 journalists worldwide in 2015

Burundi Carl de Souza/AFP

Bob Rugurika

CPJ helped cover legal expenses for Rugurika, director of the privately-owned Burundian station Radio Publique Africaine, after he was charged in January 2015 with breach of public solidarity, complicity in murder, and violating the secrecy of an investigation after refusing to reveal the name of a source in a story about the murder of three Italian nuns. Rugurika was released on bail after about a month in jail.

Somalia Hassan Ali Gesey/Dalsan Radio

Muawiye Ahmed Mudey

Freelance Somali broadcaster Muawiye was wounded in crossfire while on assignment in February 2015. The journalist was taken to a local hospital where he underwent two surgeries, but he required additional medical treatment that was unavailable in Mogadishu. CPJ provided Muawiye with an emergency grant that allowed him to be airlifted to Nairobi in Kenya, where he received the necessary treatment.

Mexico Miguel Díaz

Miguel Díaz

For years, critical online journalist Díaz received death threats over his reporting on corruption. Following the August 2015 murder of Mexican photojournalist Rubén Espinosa Becerril, Díaz and other Veracruz-based colleagues began an independent investigation. Díaz told CPJ that almost immediately the group was harassed and put under surveillance, apparently by authorities. When Díaz felt his life was at risk, CPJ helped him and his family temporarily relocate outside Mexico.

Vietnam AFP/Robyn Beck

Nguyen Van Hai

Hai, a Vietnamese blogger and recipient of CPJ’s 2013 International Press Freedom Award, spent more than five years in prison on anti-state charges. Hai was released early in October 2014 on the provision that he go into exile in the U.S. CPJ provided the blogger with an emergency grant to help cover his immediate living costs.

Syria Skyler Reid

Issam Khoury

Khoury, a Syrian freelancer, faced constant threats from the government of Bashar al-Assad for more than a decade before protests in 2011 spread to his hometown of Latakia, a stronghold for regime supporters. That year, the harassment against him intensified and Khoury fled with his family to Lebanon. From there, Khoury continued to work, but says he was threatened by local officials. In 2014, Khoury traveled to the U.S. The following year, CPJ nominated him for a fellowship at City University of New York.


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What we do

We work to ensure that all journalists are aware of safety and security issues that relate to their work. We provide support to frontline journalists, and rapid response assistance to journalists who are injured, imprisoned, or forced to flee because of their work.

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How to Get Help

The safest way to contact us is via SecureDrop (click here for more information). You can also contact us by e-mail, mail, telephone, fax, or social media. You will be asked to provide information, in confidence, about your circumstances.

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The Foley Fellowship

The James W. Foley Fellowship honors American journalist James Foley, killed in 2014. It is awarded annually to an individual passionate about journalist safety and freedom of expression.

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Resource Center

Look here for additional information on journalist security and other resources and contact information for international agencies and nongovernmental organizations that assist journalists at risk.

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