Today, ARTICLE 19 Europe – as part of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) project – launches a new Directory of State initiatives to protect journalists in Europe.
While there are many State initiatives on the safety of journalists across Europe, until now, they have never before been gathered together in one place. Indeed, some of the initiatives in the Directory have not been documented at all.
ARTICLE 19 Europe therefore set out – with the support of Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa – to map initiatives on the safety of journalists deployed by States, or in which the State is involved, within the countries covered by the MFRR.
The result of that mapping exercise is this Directory.
Who is this Directory for?
- Journalists: First and foremost, we hope that this Directory enhances journalists’ safety. It provides journalists with information about initiatives that exist to enhance their safety, which they may not have been aware of previously, and information on how to report attacks.
- Civil society organisations, such as media freedom groups and journalists’ associations and unions: Mapping existing initiatives makes gaps in provision clearer. We hope that civil society organisations use this Directory to lobby for more – and better – initiatives in their respective countries.
- Governments: Officials working on the safety of journalists will find this Directory useful to improve public policy and provision of initiatives for the safety of journalists.
- Intergovernmental organisations: The Directory will help international civil servants working on the safety of journalists to better understand how international standards are being implemented at the national level.
Requirements for inclusion in the Directory
To be included, an initiative had to fulfil three requirements:
- The initiative had to operate at the national level;
- The State had to be actively involved;
- The initiative had to be within the countries covered by the MFRR, meaning EU member states and candidate countries (Albania, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey).
ARTICLE 19 Europe and the MFRR do not necessarily endorse the initiatives featured in this Directory, which is a descriptive mapping project rather than an evaluation of efficacy. The next stage of the project will analyse some of the initiatives collected in the Directory.
ARTICLE 19 Europe has made every effort to research eligible initiatives to include in this Directory. However, we do not claim that it is inclusive of all existing initiatives. Please contact us if you know of any other initiatives that may be eligible for inclusion, or with any updates regarding existing entries: [email protected]
About the MFRR
This announcement has been coordinated by the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR), which tracks, monitors and responds to violations of press and media freedom in EU Member States and Candidate Countries. This project provides legal and practical support, public advocacy and information to protect journalists and media workers. The MFRR is organised by a consortium led by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) including ARTICLE 19 Europe, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), Free Press Unlimited (FPU), International Press Institute (IPI) and CCI/Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa (OBC Transeuropa). The project is co-funded by the European Commission.