The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) has opened the 2020 call for its Journalists-in-Residence (JiR) programme for a period of up to six months, between June 2020 and February 2021. The programme is part of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR), which works to provide swift and efficient support to journalists under threat. The JiR programme is unique as it provides a safe haven for media professionals from the European Union Member States and Candidate Countries* who are at risk and need to take a break away from a hostile working environment. Journalists and other media professionals are given temporary shelter, an opportunity to rest and recover, and – if they so wish – to continue with journalistic work in a safe place without pressure or censorship.
There are three fellowship opportunities, each for a maximum period of six months. Applications can be sent directly by media workers who are under threat, or they can come from referrals of suitable cases that have already been verified by our network of international temporary relocation institutions. Applicants can pick a suitable time frame during the period from June 2020 to February 2021. We hope by then that the coronavirus pandemic will be under control and travel restrictions will be lifted. However – given the situation of the past months – a lot can change, and we will change the timing accordingly to protect the health and safety of all concerned.