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How to Apply

Usually, applications are made by the lawyer handling the case but they can also be made by the journalist, the family or friends of the journalist or a relevant support organisation. If you have not yet found a lawyer, please contact us first and we may be able to put you in touch with lawyers we have worked with previously.

In order to apply for support, please:

  • provide copies of the main legal documents relating to the case (if any)
  • provide a budget breakdown (we will only cover costs directly related to the case)
  • provide a link to or copy of the relevant article/s or post/s associated with the case

We are currently undergoing an update to our application system. Please email Emmanuel.vargas@mediadefence.org and Sophie.gougeon@mediadefence.org briefly outlining the facts of your case. Information on the further steps involved in processing your application for support will be provided.

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