Post-incident Assistance

Emergency Response

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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