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The rapid decline of press freedom needs a global and coordinated response. This is why we work with partners around the world to fight back. Media Defence is a member of the Journalists in Distress (JID) Network, a group of 18 international organisations that provide direct assistance to journalists and media workers whose lives or careers are threatened because of their work. Each organisation has its own mandate and criteria for emergency assistance. The JID Network allows member organisations to more easily share information, coordinate joint efforts, and avoid duplication.

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Maria Ressa: Award-Winning Journalist Facing 6 Years in Prison

In a blow to press freedom in the Philippines, award winning journalist Maria Ressa is facing six years in prison after being convicted of cyber-libel on 15 June 2020. Media Defence have been providing support.   The case, which is widely seen as an attempt to silence independent media in the Philippines, concerns an article…

Government Confirms Cameroon Journalist Samuel Wazizi Died in Detention in August 2019

After months of uncertainty, the Cameroon government has finally admitted that Cameroon journalist Samuel Wazizi died in prison shortly after his arrest. Wazizi, whose legal name is Samuel Ajiekah Abuwe, was arrested in August 2019 for his critical reporting on the government’s handling of the separatist conflict in Cameroon. Since his arrest Wazizi’s lawyer, Emmanuel…

World Press Freedom Day Series: Citizen Journalist Elena Popa

In many respects, Elena Popa is a typical Romanian domestic carer working in Austria. She’s a caregiver of an 87-year-old grandmother, a mother of three, and a former cook. Yet to tens of thousands of domestic carers across Austria and Germany, she is also a symbol of justice.