Founded in 1987, Article 19 actively advocates for freedom of expression and freedom of information across the world. It currently has offices based in the UK, Bangladesh, Brazil, Kenya, Mexico, Senegal, Tunisia and the US. They monitor, research, publish and campaign in a number of key areas, including media regulation, press freedom, defamation, and governance & democracy.
They support freelance media workers by advocating for imprisoned journalists, and some of the regional offices also directly support freelancers through emergency assistance funds.
Canadian Journalists for Freedom of Expression(CJFE) monitors, defends and reports on free expression and access to information in Canada and abroad. Their main areas of work include international advocacy, managing IFEX, running fellowship programmes and intervening in major Canadian legal cases involving freedom of expression.
The main way CJFE supports freelance media workers is through their Journalists in Distress programme. CFJE provides humanitarian assistance to journalists who have been attacked or threatened because of their work.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is an independent, non-profit organisation that promotes press freedom worldwide. CPJ defends the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal and takes action wherever journalists are censored, attacked, imprisoned, or killed for their work.
CPJ’s journalist assistance programme helps journalists who are in dire situations as a result of being persecuted for their work, and who cannot be helped by advocacy alone. Journalist Assistance supports these journalists through a combination of financial and non-financial support.
This includes helping journalists get medical assistance following brutal assaults in retaliation for their work, or for journalists suffering from mistreatment in prison. They support journalists forced to go into hiding or relocate within their countries as well as those who are in exile. Their support extends to legal funds for journalists facing prison, and to the families of journalist who have been imprisoned or murdered.
A Project of the Colombia University Graduate School of Journalism, the Dart Centre is dedicated to informed, innovative and ethical news reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy. It acts as a resource for journalists interested in the affects of trauma, especially PTSD, and also supports journalists who cover trauma issues through their annual awards and the Ochberg fellowships.
The Doha Centre for Media Freedom is a non-profit organisation, funded by the Qatari government, which seeks to promote press freedom and quality journalism throughout the world.
They support freelance media works by providing direct assistance to journalists in emergencies, offering local training and education and by researching and releasing reports on press freedom on regions and countries across the globe.
The Fojo Media Institute is a non-profit academic institution, based within Linnaeus University, Sweden, that supports independent media and freedom of expression. Since its foundation, the institution has trained over 50,000 journalists from more than 90 countries.
Their main expertise lies within individual and institutional capacity development. Freelancers, staff and citizen journalists are all part of Fojo’s network and can benefit from training and the other activities they offer.
Freedom House is an independent watchdog organisation dedicated to the “expansion of freedom” around the world. Their annual Press Freedom Report is considered one of the most important freedom of expression reports released each year, and they support freelance journalists through advocacy and their emergency assistance programme.
Free Press Unlimited is a Dutch NGO based in Amsterdam, which looks to support independent media and access to information. Formed in 2011 by the merging of three Dutch human rights organisations, Free Press Unlimited helps to support freelancers by helping develop community media outlets, training local journalists and advocating on their behalf.
Front Line Defenders, founded in 2001, is an international NGO based in Ireland. The organisation is committed to the provision of rapid and practical support of at-risk human rights defenders. Their Security Grants programme can support freelancers who work on human rights issues with security reinforcement, temporary relocation, accompaniment, communications, legal costs and a whole range of services.
The Frontline Freelance Register was created in June 2013 by the London-based Frontline Club to act as an independent representative body for freelance journalists. It helps freelancers by advocating for the professional rights of the freelance community and to supporting them in any confrontations with international media.
Hostage UK is an independent, UK-based charity that supports hostages and their families, both during and after kidnapping. They help support freelance journalists who have been kidnapped by providing their families with impartial advice on the dynamics of kidnapping, and practical on-the-ground support to governments and organisations attempting to free those taken hostage.
They also produce reports and guides on kidnapping, to try to improve knowledge and understanding of the kidnapping process, aiming to help those in danger make it home safely.
Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s most prominent NGOs, dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. They extensively document, report on and advocate against human rights abuses around the globe, and play an important role in supporting journalists by advocating and reporting on restrictions to press freedom.
Their expertise and extensive on-the-ground contacts means that they are often highly involved in emergency situations when freelancers need assistance when working in hostile environments.
Not strictly an organisation in itself, IFEX is instead a network of NGOs, many of whom are included in this list, and which have the aim of sharing information about and collaborating on freedom of expression issues. Their main activities involve advocacy and releasing reports and newsletters on freedom of expression issues. They help support freelancers by sharing information and advocating on their behalf.
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is a global union federation of journalist trade unions. It aims to protect rights and freedoms of journalists and to promote reporting on social justice, democracy, human rights, poverty and corruption.
They are a key member of IFEX and do a considerable amount of work promoting and advocating for freelancers’ rights.
Index on Censorship is an international organisation that promotes and defends the right to freedom of expression. It campaigns for the defence of freedom of expression for those facing censorship and repression. This includes freelance journalists, bloggers and fixers.
The International News Safety Institute is an international NGO who's goal is to create a global safety network of advice and assistance to news personnel who face danger covering the news on international assignment, or in their own countries.
They support freelancers by producing useful resources offering region-specific practical advice to journalists working in hostile environments, and running localised safety training projects around the world.
International Media Support (IMS) is a non-profit NGO that looks to support local media in countries affected by conflict and instability. They advocate for the rights of journalists, help support local freelancers through training and developing media in their country, and publish reports that feature in-depth analysis of freedom of expression within a region.
Journalists Helping Journalists is an independent, non-profit organisation, founded in Munich in 1993, which aims to help journalists and their families in times of crisis.
It supports journalists by providing financial assistance to media workers where they believe no official bodies are offering support. They work on an international level and have supported journalists across the world, including in Afghanistan, Belarus, Egypt, Somalia and Mexico.
The core mission of the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) is to help journalists and media outlets defend legal cases against them. Where necessary, MLDI can help freelancers by paying legal fees, providing legal back up to lawyers defending a case and link them with their global network of specialist media lawyers.
Pen International is a global network of NGOs that aims to promote literature and defend freedom of expression. They campaign on behalf of writers across the globe who are persecuted, harassed and attacked for what they have written or for simply being a writer. This includes freelance journalists.
Their main focus is on advocacy and producing reports, but they also run a number of successful projects including an awards programme in partnership with Oxfam, and library and community access projects. Pen International acts as a network for the many different Pen programmes around the world, ensuring there is collaboration between their shared focal points.
The German section of Reporters Without Borders has been operating from Berlin since 1994. It works alongside the international secretariat of RSF to investigate attacks against media freedom across the globe, assess them, documents them and organises international campaigns and actions.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is an international organisation that aims to keep information flowing in times of crisis. They help freelancers by assisting independent media outlets operating in sensitive or unstable environments, by helping exiled journalists with requests for protection, and by providing emergency financial aid to individual journalists and their families.
They also provide a number of significant safety resources and guides for journalists on foreign assignments.