+7 7272 911670
This Almaty-based organization provides legal support for journalists under threat and documents press freedom violations in Kazakhstan.
Andean Foundation for Media Observation & Study
+593 2 2461622
This Quito-based group, also known as Fundamedios, documents press freedom abuses in Ecuador and speaks out against official repression.
+ 44 (0) 20 7324-2500
Established in 1987, Article 19 fights against censorship, defends dissenting voices, and campaigns against laws and practices that silence.
Committee to Protect Journalists
The publisher of this guide, CPJ is an independent nonprofit press freedom organization that defends the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. The organization monitors and advocates on behalf of journalists under threat and in prison around the world, documenting hundreds of press freedom violations each year and reporting on press freedom conditions in every country.
Foundation for a Free Press (Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa)
The foundation, also known as FLIP, is a Bogotá-based organization that monitors press freedom and journalist safety in Colombia through its alert and protection network. FLIP also provides free counseling to journalists who have been the victims of attack or assault or who are suffering from stress.
Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists
+63 2 894 – 1314
The FFFJ is a consortium led by the nation’s Center for Media Freedom & Responsibility. Launched in 2003 in response to the murder of journalist Edgar Damalerio, the FFFJ has worked to bring the murderers of Philippine journalists to justice.
Independent Media Centre Kurdistan
+964 0770 86 42 653
The Independent Media Centre in Kurdistan offers training for journalists and consultancy for media organizations. Courses are offered in person or online for participants throughout Iraq.
Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety
+994 12 418 0334
The institute, based in Baku, Azerbaijan, documents press freedom abuses and defends the rights of journalists to report the news.
International Federation of Journalists
Asia-Pacific: +6 129-333-0999
Africa: +22 133-867-9586
The Brussels-based IFJ is a federation of journalist trade unions in various nations, and it is the world’s largest organization of journalists. IFJ promotes human rights, freedom of expression, and democracy through freedom of the press.
International Freedom of Expression Exchange
IFEX is a global consortium of press freedom groups that disseminates news about press freedom violations and organizes campaigns in support of free expression.
International Press Institute
+43 1 512-9011
IPI is a Vienna-based global network of media professionals concerned with raising awareness of threats to press freedom and promoting independent journalism. The group tracks the cases of journalists targeted for their reporting and conducts assessments of press freedom in countries around the globe.
Instituto Prensa y Sociedad
+51 1 2474465
This Peruvian press freedom group documents press freedom violations and advocates for journalists under threat.
Journalistic Freedoms Observatory
+964 0047 97 101 186
JFO is a Baghdad-based coalition of Iraqi media professionals providing legal support for victims of press freedom violations in Iraq and raising awareness around journalism security.
Journaliste en Danger
+243 81 71 50 157
This Kinshasa-based organization defends press freedom in the Democratic Republic of Congo and other Central African nations.
Media Institute of Southern Africa
+264 61 232975
Founded in September 1992, the Namibia-based institute promotes free, independent, and pluralistic media.
Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists
Established in 1950, PFUJ is among South Asia’s oldest press freedom organizations. Formed for mutual protection and economic betterment, the PFUJ, according to its code, “desires and encourages its members to maintain good quality of workmanship and high standard of conduct.”
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
RCFP is a U.S.-based organization dedicated to serving working journalists and protecting free speech and a free press within the United States. The group provides resources for journalists, academics, and government officials, along with support for freedom of information requests.
Reporters Without Borders
+33 1 44 83 84 84
Reporters Without Borders is a Paris-based press freedom organization that defends journalists threatened or imprisoned around the world. The group works on journalist safety issues and offers its own insurance, lends safety equipment, and publishes a safety handbook.
Southeast Asian Press Alliance
The Southeast Asian Press Alliance works for press freedom in Southeast Asia. Established in Bangkok in 1998, it brings together independent journalists for advocacy and protection.
World Press Freedom Committee
The WPFC is a consortium of international news organizations that defends press freedom internationally. The group conducts research on press freedom violations and censorship and insult laws, and monitors the cases of journalists jailed around the world.
INTERNET FREEDOM COMMUNITIES & GROUPS
Electronic Frontier Foundation
+ 1 415-436-9333
+ 1 202-797-9009
The Electronic Frontier Foundation fights to protect civil liberties in the digital age. Blending the expertise of lawyers, policy analysts, activists, and technologists, it fights for freedom primarily in the courts, bringing and defending lawsuits against government agencies and corporations.
+ 44 (0) 20 7242 2836
Privacy International defends the right to privacy across the world, and fights surveillance and other intrusions into private life by governments and corporations.
Global Voices is a virtual community of more than 500 bloggers and translators around the world who work together to disseminate reports from around the world, with an emphasis on voices not ordinarily heard in international media.
NEWS SAFETY & SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS
Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma
New York +1 212-854-8056
London +44 (0) 20-7242-3562
Melbourne +61 (0) 41-913-1947
Jakarta +62 21-7884-2580
Cologne +49 (0) 221-278-0814
The Columbia University–based Dart Center is dedicated to informed and ethical news reporting on violence, conflict, and tragedy. It provides a range of services for working journalists and newsrooms worldwide.
Free Press Unlimited
+ 31 35-62-54-300
Free Press Unlimited supports local media professionals and works to ensure that people everywhere have access to the information they need to survive and develop.
International News Safety Institute
INSI is a coalition of news organizations and support groups dedicated to journalist safety in dangerous environments. The group provides safety training to journalists around the world and educates policymakers, news organizations, and militaries about journalist safety. CPJ is a member of the coalition.
International Women’s Media Foundation
The International Women’s Media Foundation is a global network dedicated to strengthening the role of women in the news media worldwide as a means to further freedom of the press.
The Rory Peck Trust
+ 44 (0) 20-3219-7860
The Rory Peck Trust supports freelance newsgatherers and their families worldwide in times of need and promotes their welfare and safety through efforts such as security training.
PROFESSIONAL TRAINING ORGANIZATIONS
Institute for War and Peace Reporting
+44 (0) 207-831-1030
IWPR works with local journalists and media workers on the frontlines of conflict to strengthen reporting skills and increase awareness around human rights issues, promoting public discourse and debate.
International Center for Journalists
ICFJ promotes independent journalism around the world through education, training, and fellowships. It also publishes several handbooks on journalism skills and ethics, which are available online.
The Poynter Institute is a nonprofit educational institute that offers seminars, individual classes, and online courses about journalistic values and practices. Its NewsU online training program makes Poynter’s resources available to journalists all over the world.
Tactical Technology Collective
+493 060 961816
+918 041 531129
While primarily aimed at advocates, Tactical Tech provides up-to-date advice and resources for independent journalists on information security risks and remedies.
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING GROUPS
Associação Brasiliera de Jornalismo Investigativo
+55 (11) 3159-0344
Also known as Abraji, the group focuses on professional development for journalists and in particular on sharing tips and techniques related to investigative reporting. Abraji fights for freedom of information in Brazil and offers online and in-person courses to journalists and journalism students.
Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism
ARIJ supports independent journalism in the Middle East by offering training and funding for investigative projects. ARIJ will pay for travel expenses, access to databases, and legal screening for investigative reports.
Bureau of Investigative Journalism
+44 (0) 796-946-6285
The U.K.-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism seeks to improve original investigative journalism by producing quality in-depth reports for other news outlets. The reports focus on national and international corruption and transparency issues.
Centro de Investigación Periodística
+56 2 638-2629
CIPER is an independent nonprofit organization that seeks to develop investigative reporting in Chile. The group focuses on using Chilean law and professional reporting techniques to make government documents and information available to the public.
Centro Periodismo Digital
+52 3 268-8888
The Digital Journalism Training Center at the University of Guadalajara supports journalists in learning to work with new media and also promotes the training of citizen journalists. It offers courses and workshops as well as classroom instruction and online resources.
European Fund for Investigative Journalism
The fund supports journalists doing investigative reporting internationally or trying to cooperate with reporters in other countries. The fund is a project of the Pascal Decroos Fund for Investigative Journalism, which provides training and other grants for improving journalistic research.
Forum for African Investigative Reporters
FAIR is a professional association for African investigative journalists working to improve the profession and its practices. FAIR provides databases, tip sheets, manuals, and grants, and seeks to support investigative journalists in Africa who face obstacles due to lack of training, low pay, and life-threatening situations.
Global Investigative Journalism Network
The Global Investigative Journalism Network is an organization of more than 40 nonprofit organizations worldwide, all focused on investigative or computer-assisted reporting. It organizes regional conferences to encourage best practices and support the formation of new groups seeking freedom of information. Its website also has a large directory of member organizations and other investigative reporting support networks.
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
The Washington, D.C.–based Center for Public Integrity’s International Consortium of Investigative Journalists is an international forum for cooperation among investigative journalists working on issues that reach beyond national boundaries. The consortium is backed by the Center for Public Integrity and focuses on international crime and corruption reporting.
Investigative News Network
The Investigative News Network serves as a media watchdog and a support network for helping nonprofit journalism organizations. It consists of more than 50 North American nonprofit news outlets.
Investigative Reporters & Editors
IRE is a nonprofit training organization for investigative journalists at the Missouri School of Journalism. It provides support for reporters and protects the rights of investigative journalists while advocating for high standards in in-depth reporting.
Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project
The OCCRP is a cooperative venture between several Eastern European news organizations and investigative reporting centers designed to share resources and safety tips in order to produce investigative reports about organized crime.
Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism
+63 2 431-9204
The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism promotes investigative reporting in the Philippines. The center provides training for journalists both in the Philippines and elsewhere in Southeast Asia.
ProPublica is a U.S.-based nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative reporting about abuses of power. The group has an explicit focus on stories it sees as having moral force, and seeks to stimulate positive reforms with its reports.
Publica is Brazil’s first nonprofit investigative journalism center and it aims to promote journalism as a public good by strengthening independent investigative reporting. The center works with other news outlets in Brazil and internationally to fund in-depth reporting projects.
SCOOP is a network of investigative journalists in Eastern and Southeastern Europe whose aim is to cooperate on international projects and share experiences and ideas. SCOOP works in 12 countries and its website has an extensive list of centers for investigative journalism all over the world.5