Press Freedom Guardians: Journalist Impact Survey 2019

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Posted on: 
25 Feb 2020


“Without Media Defence’s support, I would have remained in jail or faced even longer sentences.” – Mohamed Yusuf, Somalian journalist.


Every year, we send a survey out to the journalists we have supported through our emergency defence fund and partner-funded defence projects. We do this to make sure that the people we support have a voice in how that support works.

For this year’s survey, we had responses from 22 journalists around the world who received support from us during 2019. Out of those 22 journalists, 100% stated that they would recommend our support to a journalist facing legal action, and 100% also continued to report and practise journalism following the conclusion of their case.

Further to this, 73% of closed cases were successful, and 68% of respondents believe their case will have a positive impact on freedom of expression in their country.

Media Defence were described by journalists as “Press freedom guardians” and “Credible, supportive, accessible” among other positive comments, with multiple journalists saying that they believed the outcomes of their cases would have been negative if not for the help they received.

Click here for the full report.

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