Providing shelter for Turkish journalists at risk

Extra places in ECPMF’s Journalists-in-Residence programme 2018/19.

The ECPMF is delighted to announce the expansion of its Journalists-in-Residence programme to include up to three more journalists from Turkey.

Independent journalism in Turkey is under massive pressure. International solidarity and support for Turkish media workers at risk is crucial.

Thanks to the financial backing of the National Endowment for Democracy Fund, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) will soon be able to accept more participants in its Journalists-in-Residence Programme (JiR) in 2018/19.

There will be up to three additional places available for journalists from Turkey.

The call for applications opens soon.

ECPMF’s Journalists-in-Residence programme was designed as a temporary shelter for European 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 place to continue investigating and publishing, to rest and to recover and – if individual circumstances permit – a platform for the journalist to highlight threats to media freedom in his or her home country.

Participants in the programme will be provided with a rent-free, furnished apartment in Leipzig, Germany, for up to six months, a monthly stipend of 1,000 euros, and free health insurance. The ECPMF also covers the costs of travel to and from Leipzig as well as visa fees. The selected journalists are offered access to the Centre’s wide-ranging network of contacts and training in relevant skills, such as encryption and data security.

The NED funding also enables ECPMF to send an advocacy mission to Turkey and to support more people there with legal expertise.

For more information on our JiR programme, eligibility requirements and the application process please go to ECPMF website or contact Christian Schult at +49 341 200 403 13 or via email.

All applications will be treated as strictly confidential. A key for encrypted communication can be found on the website mentioned above.