The Helpdesk is our central tool for responding to the individual needs of journalists at risk and under threat. We support media professionals across Europe in order to find a place of safety in emergency cases and we assist exiled journalists in Germany, irrespective of their origin.

Emergency support

for media professionals in EU Member States and Candidate Countries

As part of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) we provide support for:

  • medical and psychological support
  • living expenses and family support
  • workplace needs and equipment replacement
  • preventative safety measures

for practising media professionals in EU Member States and Candidate Countries who are in an emergency situation as a result of their journalistic work.

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Our Helpdesk package includes the following support for journalists in exile:

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


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

Emergency fund

for protective measures

We have an emergency fund for protective measures, which is available for editorial offices and media professionals under threat in Germany to minimise the risk of attacks.

Please note: This project is financed through public means. Therefore, we will not be able to financially support all requests received.

Preliminary project end: 31 March 2021



Phone: +49 341 200 403 13

Signal: +49 176 43839637

Women journalists can reach out to female ECPMF staff by sending an E-Mail to

Women's Reporting Point

Gender-based violence is an important topic for journalists, too: female media workers are the most likely targets of (online) harassment that is exerted to silence their voices, enforce self-censorship, challenge gender equality and denigrate women.

ECPMF’s Women’s Reporting Point aims to deepen a gender-specific aspect of the safety of journalists and encourages female media workers to report harassment they are subjected to or that they witness in their journalistic work.

Helpdesk News


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Our first scholar – The Helpdesk initiative

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