Leipzig, Germany, 6. July 2021 – Today, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) opens the 2021 call for its Journalists-in-Residence (JiR) Programme for a period of up to six months, between October 2021 and April 2022. This programme is part of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR), which tracks, monitors, and reacts to press and media freedom violations. The JiR Programme is unique in providing 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 dangerous or hostile working environment. Journalists and other media workers 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 until 15th of August 2021. Applicants will be invited to Leipzig in the timeframe between October 2021 and April 2022. We hope that the coronavirus pandemic will be under control and the residences can go ahead without obstacles. However – in light of the situation of the past year – a lot can change, and we will adapt to the circumstances accordingly to protect the health and safety of all concerned.