ECPMF supports media professionals under threat and in exile in Germany

15 June 2020

Prospects for exiled journalists in Germany

We support exiled media professionals in Germany, irrespective of their origin. The following offers are available for journalists who experienced repression and persecution in their home countries.

  • Professional development – fellowships
    We support 2-3-month internships in media outlets in Germany. The financial assistance for these internships will be adjusted to suit the individual situation.
  • Professional development – training
    We organise and facilitate journalistic training and workshops, according to prior knowledge and interests.
  • Professional development – language
    We facilitate and finance language courses that contribute to the journalists’ professional development.
  • Legal support
    We finance legal consultations for asylum-seeking procedures.
  • Psychological support
    We support the search for appropriate psychological support and cover the cost of therapy.

Application: Description of current situation and the support needed; CV; evidence of journalistic work; contact details of two reference persons

Security fund to protect journalists in Germany

We have a security fund for protective measures, which enables editorial offices and media professionals under threat in Germany to minimise the risk of attacks. This includes, for example, security cameras for newsrooms, security guards or protective vests for journalists.

Application: Covering letter, explaining the need for the protective measure; evidence of journalistic work; evidence of threat; budget breakdown of the measures planned to minimise the threat.

Emergency support fund for media professionals under threat in Germany and across Europe

As part of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) we provide support for journalists in EU Member States and Candidate Countries. The fund is available for practising media professionals who are in an emergency situation as a result of their journalistic work. The financial support includes:

  • medical and psychological assistance
  • living expenses and family support
  • workplace requirements and replacement of equipment
  • preventative safety measures

Support for programme co-ordinators in Germany

ECPMF financially supports counselling sessions for programme co-ordinators in Germany who work with media professionals in exile and under threat. When delivered, the sessions are designed to help co-ordinators develop strategies of how best to interact with media professionals, bearing in mind the sensitivities of their situations. The aim is to strengthen the personal resilience of the co-ordinators.

Deadline: 15 July 2020


Email: helpdesk [at] ecpmf . eu
Phone: +49 17643839637

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