Support centres

ECPMF Alarm Centre for Female Journalists under Threat

On 8 March 2016, the ECPMF has created a special Women’s Reporting Point to address and raise awareness on increasing threats against female journalists.

Threats can be reported via encrypted messaging. The secure emails will only be opened by female staff at ECPMF headquarters and their contents will remain confidential. To provide appropriate legal assistance and solidarity to female journalists or media workers who report their cases, ECPMF is partnering with the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and its Italian branch FNSI.

The rationale of this support measure stems from the consideration that female journalists are not only attacked because of their profession, they are also threatened because they are women, as pointed out also by the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media. Gender-based threats, such as sexual and abusive comments, threats of rape or publishing pictures and phone numbers on sex and dating websites target women more often than men.

ECPMF encourages all women to report attacks in order to seek help, but also to make the dimension of attacks against journalists visible: the reported cases will be collected in a database – with details of the woman’s identity removed in order to protect her – as basis of an analysis to show the scale of the problem across Europe.

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Union of Journalists in Finland

The Union of Journalists in Finland is a local NGO and Journalist Organization that offers legal, financial and advocacy support to associated members. Staff and freelance journalists, editors, media outlets, NGOs and journalist associations can contact Petri Savolainen, the Director (petri.savolainen@journalistiliitto.fi) or Juha Rekola (juha.rekola@journalistiliitto.fi).

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Sindikat medija Crne Gore - Trade Union of Media of Montenegro

Sindikat medija Crne Gore is a Montenigrin Trade Union that offers free legal and advocacy support to associated staff journalists, editors, media outlets and freelance journalists. Contacts: sindikatmedija@usscg.me or +382 20 232 315

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The Belarusian Association of Journalists

The Belarusian Association of Journalists offers free legal and advocacy support to associated staff and freelance journalists, editors, media outlets and civic media/bloggers in Belarus. The person to be contacted is Andrus Klikunou via telephone (+375 17) 203-63-66, on the mobile (+375 29) 126-70-98 or via email: press@baj.by

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Slovenian Trade Union of Journalists

The Slovenian Trade Union of Journalists provides free legal and advocacy support for associated members in Slovenia. Contact sns@siol.net or + 386 1 426 03 66.

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Sindikat novinara Hrvatske - Trade Union of Croatian Journalists

The Sindikat novinara Hrvatske, in English Trade Union of Croatian Journalists (TUCJ) is a journalist association and trade union that offers free legal support for associated members (Staff and freelance journalists, editors and media outlets). The person to be contacted is Anton Filic, TUCJ President (sinoh@hnd.hr or +385 1 48 26 104).

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Sindicatul Unit al Salariatilor - Radio Romania

Sindicatul Unit al Salariatilor - Radio Romania is a Trade Union operating in Romania. The organization gives legal and advocacy support to staff journalists and freelance, editors, media outlets, civic media/bloggers; NGOs and journalist associations, based on a "low bono" or low cost fee structure. In order to get help, Adrian Valentin Moise (aesiom@gmail.com or +40742068701) can be contacted.

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PRK Partners

PRK Partners is a private law company based in Budapest that provides pro-bono legal and adocacy support to staff and freelance journalists, editors, media outlets, NGOs and journalist associations. The person that needs to be contacted is Krisztina Rozgonyi (krisztina.rozgonyi@prkpartners.hu)

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Media Development Center (Macedonia)

The Media Development Center (MDC) is a Skopje-based NGO, providing free legal and advocacy support to Macedonian staff journalists, editors and media outlets. Person to be contacted for help is Dejan Georgievski (dejan@mdc.org.mk or +38978483102).

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Lellos P. Demetriades Law Office (Cyprus)

Lellos P. Demetriades Law Office LLC is a private law firm with seat in Cyprus, offering legal and advocacy support to staff and freelance journalists, editors, media outlets, NGOs and journalist associations in Cyprus and all over Europe for a pro-bono fee. The person to be contacted is Achilleas Demetriades (achilleas@ldlaw.com.cy).

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