CPJ programs to assist journalists in trouble

| January 25, 2016

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The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) steps in when journalists are in dire situations because of being persecuted for their work. The CPJ’s Journalist Assistance program provides a combination of financial and non-financial assistance to help journalists.

Journalists in distress worldwide can receive emergency grants from the CPJ’s Gene Roberts Emergency Fund. The Journalist Assistance program also raises funds for journalists from external sources and collaborates with other freedom of expression organizations. When necessary, CPJ lobbies governments or international agencies to help secure refugee or asylum status for journalists.

Examples of CPJ’s work include:

  • helping get medical care for journalists following brutal assaults in retaliation for their work, or for journalists suffering from mistreatment in prison;
  • supporting journalists forced to go into hiding or to relocate within their countries to escape threats from local officials, militias, or criminal gangs;
  • contributing to legal funds for journalists facing prison;
  • evacuating journalists at risk into temporary havens; and
  • providing support for families of imprisoned journalists.

For more information on the CPJ’s Journalist Assistance program, go to: https://cpj.org/campaigns/assistance/what-we-do.php

Photo credit: Deutsche Welle

To request assistance from the CPJ, go to: https://cpj.org/campaigns/assistance/how-to-get-help.php