Threats to media freedom start WAY before journalists are killed or imprisoned. Some threats have become so commonplace that journalists accept them as a normal part of their work. Yet these threats are not normal. They are wrong and often illegal. They range from harassment on the basis of differences such as gender, LGBTQ, migration history, race, or protesting against climate change to intimidation and physical or legal threats. All these threats, large and small, happen every day and prevent journalists from doing their job. Theycan also discourage others from covering topics that. might result in similar intimidation.
If we do not protect media freedom we are left only with silence. Threats to journalists and media workers are threats to democracy.
But to change this we need everyone’s help. We need a world of watchdogs. That is why ECPMF and other Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners are running the ReportIt campaign.