SHELTER: Increasing the security of the JiR during and after the programme
To relieve the JiR from a permanent state of anxiety, the programme provides a safe house in Leipzig, health insurance and a monthly allowance of 1000 euros. If needed, travel and visa costs are also covered by the ECPMF. While living in a fully equipped apartment in Leipzig, the journalist makes use of the infrastructure of the ECPMF to work on media freedom or journalistic projects. The JiR gets training on surveillance-related self-defence, legal matters and data protection.
The immediate support and training help the JiR not only during his/her stay, but also serve as preparation for after he/she has returned home, to increase the journalist’s security and protect him/her from further threats.
SPREAD: Making the broader public aware of the threat to journalists in Europe
The JiR becomes a media freedom ambassador and concrete example of media freedom violations, thus making the issue more accessible to the broader public. Various social media activities about the programme itself and content concerning the JiR’s threats will be published.
Due to the large and professional network of the ECPMF, the issue is spread via different channels. The national and international media contacts available allow the JiR to publish his/her own journalistic stories about his/her situation. The JiR also gets access to expert talks or appearances at public events targeted at relevant stakeholders and the civil society.
Although media attention can increase a sense of security, in some cases a journalist seeks out anonymity. If needed, the programme allows the JiR to live and work anonymously. This will be discussed on a case-to-case basis. Sensitive data is treated confidentially in all cases.
STRESS: Putting pressure on the JiR’s aggressors to respect media freedom and pluralism
During the programme, the Journalist-in-Residence can continue his/her journalistic work, being able to report on media freedom deficiencies in his/her home country without fearing serious consequences. Higher media attention and public scrutiny increase the pressure on the authorities in the media worker’s home country, as wider publicity is given to the particular case.
In addition, this is a step towards a more secure life once the journalist returns: The newly gained publicity should protect the journalist from threats such as arbitrary detention. The ECPMF network will keep an eye on the journalist and his/her situation.