Journalist Assistance

What We Do

CPJ uses a combination of reporting and advocacy to support press freedom and the rights of journalists worldwide. When advocacy alone is not enough, CPJ’s Journalist Assistance program provides direct support to individuals who are working to disseminate news in dire situations or who are being persecuted for their reporting. Some examples of our work include:

  • Helping get medical care for journalists who have been attacked in retaliation for their work, or for journalists who have been mistreated in prison.
  • Supporting journalists forced to go into hiding or relocate to escape threats from local officials, militia, or criminal gangs.
  • Contributing to legal funds for journalists facing prison or legal action.
  • Evacuating journalists at risk into temporary safe havens, usually in their home country.

CPJ's Gene Roberts Emergency Fund, which dispenses emergency grants to journalists in distress worldwide, was renamed in honor of Gene Roberts, the veteran U.S. journalist and former chairman of the CPJ board who was instrumental in the creation of the Journalist Assistance program. The program also raises funds for journalists from outside sources and collaborates with other freedom of expression organizations.

CPJ refers journalists to resources, including information on grants, fellowships, and awards.
Due to the high volume of requests, we are not able to respond to everyone who needs our help. CPJ gives priority to crisis situations.

CPJ does not provide funding for organizations, media outlets, or media projects, and we do not offer professional training or scholarships.

CPJ is a member of the Journalists in Distress (JID) network, a group of 18 international organizations that provide direct assistance to journalists and media workers whose lives or careers are threatened because of their work. Each organization has its own mandate and criteria for emergency assistance; the network does not engage in joint advocacy. The JID network was established in 2006 to allow member organizations with freedom of expression mandates to more easily share information, coordinate joint efforts, and avoid duplication.

Members of the JID Network:

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  • ARTICLE 19
  • Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE)
  • Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
  • Free Press Unlimited (FPU)
  • Freedom House
  • Front Line Defenders (FLD)
  • Human Rights Watch (HRW)
  • International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
  • International Media Support (IMS)
  • International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF)
  • IREX Journalist Safety Network
  • Journalists Helping Journalists (JHJ)
  • Kality Foundation
  • Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI)
  • PEN America
  • PEN International
  • Rory Peck Trust (RPT)
  • Reporters Without Borders (RSF)

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