Journalist Safety and Emergencies

Made up of journalist safety and press freedom experts based around the globe, CPJ’s Emergencies Response Team provides comprehensive, life-saving support to journalists and media support staff worldwide. Drawing on our team’s expertise in international media, emergency protection and safety, CPJ Emergencies Response Team promotes physical, digital, and psychosocial safety and assists journalists- particularly freelancers and those from smaller outlets through tailored safety workshops, one-on-one safety consultations with experts, and publishing up-to-date safety and security information, as well as providing rapid assistance to journalists at risk worldwide.

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What we do/How we work

Comprehensive safety information

We publish thematic and situation or assignment-specific information to help journalists mitigate risk, and stay safe on the job

Workshops and consultations

Tailored engagement with individual journalists or newsrooms with specific digital or physical safety questions and concerns

Journalist Assistance

Where advocacy or reporting are insufficient, CPJ provides emergency support to journalists in distress around the globe. Assistance can take two forms;

  • Financial – CPJ provides emergency financial support to journalists in distress on a case-by-case basis through The Gene Roberts Fund for Emergency Assistance
  • Non-financial CPJ can provide journalists with non-financial assistance, often in the form of letters of support, Referrals to partners organizations; Flagging fellowship opportunities; trauma referrals; safety consultations, etc.

Partners, Tools, and Resources