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, founded in 2001, 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.
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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- 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)