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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:

  • complete the application form
  • 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

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

Emergency Legal Support

We’ve helped hundreds of journalists, citizen journalist and media outlets report freely. 73% of the cases we supported had a successful or partially successful outcome.

Emergency Defence

Become a Funded Partner

We fund local legal centres to provide free legal support to journalists in their country. We combine financial assistance with practical support to organisations that either have, or wish to establish, a legal aid unit to provide free, high-quality legal support to journalists, citizen journalists, and media outlets facing legal threats because of their reporting.