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Combating Impunity for Online Violence

Online attacks against journalists are increasing exponentially. We can help journalists seek redress for violations of their rights.

Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation

Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) are a form of legal harassment designed to intimidate journalists and silence critical reporting. We help journalists resist these abusive tactics.

Environmental Journalism

Reporting on the environment has become one of the most dangerous jobs in journalism. We support journalists reporting on what us widely regarded as one of the most urgent challenges of our time.

Journalists in Distress Network

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 22 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.

Members

Article 19 | Canadian Journalists for Free Expression | Committee to Protect Journalists | Defend Defenders | English Pen | European Centre for Press and Media Freedom | EMHRF |  Free Press Unlimited | Freedom House | Front Line Defenders | International Cities of Refuge Network | International Media Support | International Women’s Media Foundation | International Research & Exchanges Board |  Internews | Marie Colvin Journalists’ Network | Media Defence | Pen America | Pen International | Rory Peck Trust | Reporters Without Borders | SKeyes |

Legal Network for Journalists at Risk

This year, we set up the Legal Network for Journalists at Risk (LNJAR) in partnership with the Committee to Protect Journalists and TrustLaw, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono legal programme. The network will strategically pool the resources of our organisations, all of whom support journalists or media outlets facing legal threats in various ways. By forming a central mechanism to coordinate support, we can ensure that these organisations make the best possible use of limited resources, and avoid duplication in high profile cases.

Emergency Defence News

Paola Ugaz and the judicial harassment of journalists in Peru

Paola Ugaz is an award-winning Peruvian investigative journalist. In 2015, she co-authored – with Pedro Salinas – a book entitled Mitad Monjes, Mitad Soldados (Half-Monks, Half Soldiers). The book uncovers an alleged pattern of sexual, physical, and psychological abuse within the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, a Peruvian Catholic organisation. Paola Ugaz has since faced numerous lawsuits…

Interview with Brazilian journalist & LGBTQ+ activist Jean Wyllys

 Jean Wyllys is a Brazilian journalist who writes for Counter Punch, amongst other prominent newspapers and magazines. He is also a researcher at Open Society Foundations and an LGBTQ+ activist. His research focuses on disinformation and the rise of authoritarian governments. Wyllys was forced into exile after receiving homophobic hate speech and death threats whilst…

Entrevista com o jornalista brasileiro e ativista LGBTQ+ Jean Wyllys

Jean Wyllys é um jornalista brasileiro que escreve para Counter Punch, entre outros jornais e revistas de destaque. É também investigador na Open Society Foundations e ativista LGBTQ+. A sua pesquisa se concentra na desinformação e ascensão de governos autoritários. Wyllys foi forçado ao exílio após receber mensagens com discurso de ódio homofóbico e ameaças…

Webinar: “Freedom of expression in a time of war”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqqlICUKazo On Thursday July 21st we hosted a webinar to explore the impact of conflict on freedom of expression. We heard from those directly involved about the violence journalists experience, and the longer-term implications of war on press freedoms.  The Context War reporting by independent journalists is essential to ensuring the public is informed about…

Rubens Valente vs Brazil: The Risk of Reporting on Public Officials

Media Defence, Abraji, RFK Human Rights and Cesar Klouri have filed a petition before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on behalf of Brazilian journalist Rubens Valente. The petitioners are asking the Commission to assess whether the outcome of the case against Valente before Brazil’s Supreme Court (Supremo Tribunal Federal, STF) violated his rights…

Our Journalist Impact Survey 2021

“I would have been jailed for a year as I was unable to pay.” Journalist supported by Media Defence in 2021.   In 2021, we carried out our fifth annual Journalist Impact Survey to look at the longer-term impact of our support on our primary beneficiaries: journalists. We designed our Journalist Impact Survey to understand the…