Providing temporary shelter for European journalists at risk: ECPMF’s Journalists-in-Residence Programme

The ECPMF's Journalists-in-Residence programme was designed as a temporary shelter for journalists who face harassment and intimidation as a direct result of their work. It provides a refuge for a limited period of time, a safe and discreet place to continue investigating and publishing, to rest and to recover and - if individual circumstances permit - a platform to highlight media freedom issues in the journalist’s home country.

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Key info at a glance

  • The current call is for journalists holding a Turkish passport and who are currently based in Turkey. We won’t be able to accept applications from countries other than Turkey in the current cycle.
  • Three to six-months stays are offered in the period between November 2018 and June 2019
  • The ECPMF provides a rent-free, furnished apartment in Leipzig and a monthly grant of 1,000 EUR
  • Costs are covered for visa, travel to and from Leipzig, for a health insurance package, as well as for trainings or therapists (depending on the journalist’s particular needs)
  • Command of either English, French or German is required (at least on B2 level) 
  • The Centre accepts applications sent to until 23:59 CET on Sunday 30 September 2018.
  • Additional timeslots for journalists from countries other than Turkey will be announced on at a later date 


The following conditions must be met: 

  • Proof must be provided that the applicant is at risk due to his/her journalistic work. Names and contact details of two reference persons are required.
  • The applicant must have worked as a professional paid journalist 
  • He or she must not be a member of or affiliated to any extremist political movement
  • All applicants must provide samples of published journalistic work
  • He or she should intend to return to Turkey after the stay in Leipzig has come to a close


How to Apply

Please fill the application form and questionnaire (available for download on this page). 


Further info

Please see our FAQ sheet (available on the top right corner of this page) or contact us at


Postal address:

European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)

Journalists-in-Residence Programme

Menckestrasse 27

04155 Leipzig


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