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Getting Support: Regional

Getting Support: Regional

Below is a list of organisations that exiled journalists in East Africa can contact for support.

Organisations often offer support according to your work status and the nature of the threats you are receiving. It's best to contact them directly to discuss your specific security and practical needs.

Article 19 – East Africa


Article 19 is an international organisation that advocates for freedom of expression. They have a programme in East Africa that supports diversity of the media, as well as the safety and security of journalists in crisis. They run the East Africa Journalist Defence Network and are part of the Kenya Media Working Group. They also provide emergency support for journalists at risk.

Contact: Nairobi, Kenya -

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE)


CJFE is a Canadian-based organisation that works to defend and protect the right to free expression in Canada and around the world. Among other programmes, they provide humanitarian assistance to journalists who have been threatened or attacked during the course of their work. CJFE also coordinates a group of international organisations that share a smiliar mandate, in order to share information and speed up response times.

Contact: Toronto, Canada -

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)


The Committee to Protect Journalists, based in New York, promotes press freedom worldwide and defends the right of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. CPJ's Journalist Assistance Programme provides direct assistance to journalists at risk and their families around the world. The Programme helps journalists through a combination of financial and non-financial assitance. Emergency grants are dispensed through CPJ's Gene Roberts Emergency Fund and when necessary, CPJ lobbies governments or international agencies to help secure refugee or asylum status for journalists.

CPJ also provides logistical support to journalists when they resettle in exile and refers journalists to resources, including information on grants, fellowships, and awards.

Contact: New York, USA -

Doha Centre for Media Freedo (DC4MF)


DC4MF, based in Qatar, works for press freedom worldwide, with a specific interest in East Africa, and specifically in journalists in exile. Their emergency assistance programme supports journalists and their families when they are in need.  

Contact: Doha, Qatar -

East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project


EHAHRDP, based in Kampala, is active throughout the East and Horn of Africa region. Their core work is to support the protection and safety of human rights defenders, including journalists. Besides advocacy and reporting, they aim to build the capacity of organisations and individuals throughout the region. They run safety training courses, and a resource centre in Kampala.
Contact: Kampala, Uganda -

Freedom House 


Freedom House works to defend human rights and promote democratic change, including in Sub-Saharan Africa


Free Press Unlimited (Reporters Respond)


FPU, based in Holland, supports the right to reliable information. As part of these efforts, they run Reporters Respond, an international emergency fund for journalists and media outlets in crisis.

Contact: +31 6 38820516 / +31 20 8000444

Frontline Defenders


Front Line Defenders, based in Ireland, supports human rights defenders at risk.  Journalists, and journalists in exile, often come within this mandate, although it does depend on the nature of your work. Part of their support of journalists includes running an emergency hotline, which can be reached by phone on +353 (0) 1 21 00 489, Skype (front-line-emergency) and by secure email.  

Contact: Dublin, Ireland -

Hotline for media professionals (International Committee of the Red Cross)


The primary purpose of the hotline is to enable the ICRC to take prompt and effective action, whenever possible, when journalists or their crew are arrested, captured, detained, reported missing, wounded or killed. The ICRC may be able to seek confirmation of a reported arrest, provide information on the whereabouts of a sought-after journalist, obtain access to detained journalists and recover or transfer mortal remains.

To report a case over the hotline, contact the closest ICRC office, or call the dedicated 24-hour hotline number: +41 79 217 32 85. Alternatively, send an email to

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)


IFJ organises journalist unions worldwide.  Part of their work includes the running of the IFJ Safety Fund, which can provide immediate financial relief to journalists in crisis, as well as the families of those that have been killed.
Contact: Brussels, Belgium -

International Media Support (IMS)


IMS is an international media development organisation which works to enable local media to reduce conflict, strengthen democracy and facilitate dialogue.You can check their activities in Africa on their website. They can also provide assistance grants. 

+45 8832 7000


​International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF)


IWMF, based in the US, is dedicated to strengthening the role of women journalists worldwide. They run an emergency fund and women journalists can request assistance online. Have a look at their African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative

Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI)


MLDI, based in the UK, provides legal support to journalists and media outlets whose right to freedom of expression has been infringed. They do this by using and supporting local lawyers and NGOs. Make sure you read their guidelines before contacting them for advice or assistance, as they don't deal with legal aid for the refugee process. 
Contact: London, United Kingdom -


Protection International - East Africa (PI-EA)


PI is an international organization that focuses on providing tools to human rights defenders so that they can protect themselves and better understand their own safety. Their website focuses on sharing experiences on how to protect human rights defenders.

PI runs a regional programme in East Africa, based in Nairobi. They do not provide direct financial assistance but can be contacted for advice.

Contact: Nairobi, Kenya - Ivy Kihara -

Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF)


RSF, based in France,  publish research and advocate for freedom of expression. Their assistance fund supports journalists in crisis, and they have been very active in working with exiled journalists in East Africa.
Take a look at their guidelines for journalists in exile if you need further information as a journalist seeking asylum.
Contact: Paris, France - 

Rory Peck Trust (RPT)


Supporting journalists in exile in East Africa has been one of the core aspects of RPT’s assistance work. Aiming for sustainable solutions to long-term problems, RPT has provided support ranging from basic subsistence to seed funding for businesses.

Contact: London, United Kingdom -

Do you know of any organisation that should be listed here? Let us know.

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