Support for supporters in Germany

Journalism. Engagement. Trauma. (JET)

– a working group from and for supporters of exiled and/or threatened media professionals

The working group “Journalism. Engagement. Trauma.” (“JET”), initiated by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), met for the first time in January 2020 in Leipzig. JET creates a space for supporters of (potentially) traumatised journalists to exchange ideas about the special challenges they face in the context of this work. Experts from the field of psychosocial health accompany the regular meetings of the working group. In addition, funds can be made available to pay for counselling sessions .

Call for applications for counselling

Please contact or +49 176 43839637 via Signal if you are interested in receiving this support.

The psychological challenges of media professionals

Many media professionals may be exposed to traumatic events in the course of their work. On the one hand, journalistic work itself can affect the mental, physical and emotional well-being of journalists and result in secondary traumatisation. On the other hand, the safety of media professionals is also put at risk by a variety of direct and indirect physical, legal, psychological and digital threats, as press and media freedom deteriorates worldwide. For women, lesbian, inter*, non-binary, trans* and agender media professionals, queer journalists, as well as journalists of colour, these attacks and their consequences can be particularly severe. Refugee journalists, journalists in exile, and those taking part in temporary relocation programmes also frequently experience racial discrimination, which increases the risk of mental illness.

Working with (potentially) traumatised media professionals

Being sensitive to individual threat situations, potential traumas and discrimination experiences is one of the most important skills  that people who support exiled and/or threatened media workers need. At the same time, working with traumatised media professionals carries the risk of secondary traumatisation. Therefore health provision and care for everyone involved is a prerequisite for the sustainable success of support services and relocation programmes. This includes individually-tailored psychosocial and psychological counselling for the media workers, as well as advice for the supporters on how they themselves can deal with these particular burdens in their everyday work.


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