We have entered an information-war era. On the one hand, there is propaganda dictated by interests. On the other, independent journalism providing information in the public interest.
At Reporters Without Borders (RSF), we have chosen our side. Together we can save independent journalism!
Can Dündar, the editor of the leading Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, and his Ankara bureau chief, Erdem Gül, have been imprisoned since 26 November. They are charged with spying and terrorism after producing evidence last May supporting claims that the Turkish intelligence services delivered arms to Islamist groups in Syria.
But Cumhuriyet's journalists just did their job, publishing information in the public interest, information of interest to all those concerned about the current destabilization of the region. RSF calls on the Turkish authorities to free them.
Known throughout the world for her coverage of high-level government corruption in Azerbaijan, this leading investigative journalist has been sentenced to seven and a half years in prison on trumped-up charges.
The authorities did everything possible to silence her but nothing could persuade her to leave the country. RSF is waging a campaign designed to put pressure on the government to pardon her.
RSF allocates part of its budget to the operation of Radio Erena, a Paris-based independent Eritrean radio station that broadcasts by satellite, Internet and "Call to Listen" mobile phone service. Eritrea is Africa's biggest prison for journalists and is ranked last in RSF's World Press Freedom Index.
Austin Tice chose to go to Syria as a freelance journalist to report on the conflict there. His work was published by the McClatchy Newspapers, the Washington Post, Associated Press, AFP, as well as CBS, NPR, and BBC. On August 13, 2012, two days after his 31st birthday, Austin disappeared as he was preparing to travel from Syria to Lebanon. He is alive and he is not held by ISIS.
RSF is leading a campaign to bring Austin safely home to his family.
- We provide assistance grants to journalists and citizen-journalists who are in danger because of their activities, enabling them to obtain medical treatment, leave the country or pay legal fees.
- We lend bullet-proof vests free of charge.
- We provide insurance.
- We organize training in physical and digital security.
- And we produce handbooks for journalists.
- We conduct public awareness campaigns that shock and violate taboos in order to draw attention to the abuses to which many journalists and citizen-journalists are subjected. Our campaigns challenge the consensus and fatalism of the public debate, spotlighting both the “predators” and the “information heroes,” those embodiments of independent journalism who are threatened, in prison or held hostage.
- Petitions, demonstrations and eye-catching protests are all used to expose the hypocritical regimes that claim to be democratic.
- We combat the all-too-common impunity for those who attack and murder reporters.
- We oppose the draconian laws that some governments use to gag the media.
- We refer cases to international organizations.
- We draft detailed reports and specific recommendations in countries all over the world to help to create a legal framework that enables journalists to work without putting their lives in danger.
Syrian journalist and human rights defender Mazen Darwish is released after more than three years in detention following an international campaign by RSF and other NGOs.
The UN Security Council unanimously approves Resolution 2222 on protecting journalists during armed conflicts.
Operation Collateral Freedom unblocks 11 news and information websites, making them accessible in the 11 countries where they are censored and banned.
Release of four journalists – Didier François, Edouard Elias, Nicolas Hénin and Pierre Torres – held hostage by Islamic State since June 2013 following a campaign led by RSF.
RSF launches the World Day Against Cyber-Censorship on March 12 , prompting many other organizations around the world to follow suit.
in our future victories...
Freedom of information is the cornerstone of all democracies. Nonetheless, around half of the world’s population still lacks access to freely-reported news and information.
Help us to continue our struggle.
Reporters Without Borders is a registered non-profit organization and holds a 501(c)3 status in the United States.
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