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At Media Defence, we provide legal support to hundreds of journalists every year.

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A free press is essential for the protection of all other human rights.

Get Involved

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How to Apply

Usualliy 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 organization


If you are applying as a lawyer handling the case, you will need to:

  • have identified a lawyer to handle the case (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)
  • complete the full application form
  • provide copies of the legal documents
  • provide a budget breakdown (we will only cover legal costs)
  • provide a link to or copy of the relevant article/s or post/s associated with the case
  • provide a power of attorney between you and the journalist you are representing
Apply for Help

If you have any technical issues accessing the online form, please email with details of the issue so we can resolve the problem.