Support centres

NGOs, unions and firms providing media and journalism professionals with legal, financial and advocacy support, protection and training opportunities, and other tools

Digital Freedom Fund (DFF)

Established in October 2017, the Digital Freedom Fund (DFF) supports strategic litigation to advance digital rights in Europe through two main activities:

  • Providing financial support for strategic court cases; and
  • Facilitating increased collaboration between digital rights actors (NGOs, pro bono lawyers, activists and sometimes regular litigators)

When needed, the Fund will also assist litigators in finding pro bono legal support to further strengthen their litigation work.

DFF is supported by Open Society Foundations, Adessium Foundation, Omidyar Network, Renewable Freedom Foundation and the Democracy and Media Foundation.

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Print-Digital Council of the Slovak Republic (TR SR)

The Print-Digital Council (former Press Council) of the Slovak Republic (TR SR) is the executive body of the Association for the Protection of journalistic ethics in the Slovak republic (AONE ). It addresses complaints about the possible violation of journalistic ethics, as well as motions concerning restraining the journalists’ access to information.

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Association of BH Journalists (BH Novinari)

Association of BH Journalists (BH Novinari) is a non-political and non-profit journalist association based in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. It provides free legal and advocacy support to Bosnian editors, staff or freelance journalists and other media outlets.

Contact persons at its Free Media Help Line are Borka Rudić, borka.rudic@bhnovinari.ba, + 387 33 255 602 and Una Telegrafčić, una.telegrafcic@bhnovinari.ba, + 387 33 223 818

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Türkiye Gazeteciler Cemiyeti (TGC)/ Turkish Journalists' Association

Türkiye Gazeteciler Cemiyeti (TGC), the Turkish Journalists' Association, is Turkey’s largest professional organization in its sector that represents nearly 4,000 journalists. It was founded in 1946. The founders were motivated by the idea that journalists should have an independent professional organization safeguarding the principles of the profession and its members. TGC provides legal assistance to journalists facing courts regardless of whether they are members or not of the association. The TGC publishes a daily newspaper named Bizim Gazete .

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Italian Coalition for Civil Liberties and Rights (CILD)

Founded in 2014, the Italian Coalition for Civil Liberties and Rights (Coalizione Italiana Libertà e Diritti Civili, CILD) is a network of civil society organizations that protects and expands the rights and liberties of all, through a combination of advocacy, public education and legal action.

Their work focuses on racism and xenophobia, migrations, Italian penal and penitentiary systems, privacy and surveillance, transparency and access to public information.

CILD also coordinates a Centre for Legal Action that is offering pro bono legal assistance as well as producing legal researches on some specific themes. It operates as a clearing-house, facilitating the interactions between law firms and non-profit associations in need of legal assistance.

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Lithuanian Journalists' Society

The Lithuanian Journalists' Society (Lietuvos žurnalistų draugiją, LŽD) was born after the restoration of the country's independence in 1991. Besides defending its members' interests and promoting professional ethics and solidarity, the society aims more in general at supporting the role of journalism in social and cultural development.

The society headquarters can be contacted at +370 686 20649 or zurnalistu.draugija@gmail.com.

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Lithuanian Union of Journalists

The Lithuanian Union of Journalists (Lietuvos žurnalistų sąjunga, LŽS) is a union representing journalists based in Lithuania. It defends their interests and provides them with information and assistance. It also carries out advocacy activity, and it organises events and contests. The LŽS is organized in regional branches and in thematic sub-sections, which gather journalists sharing specific features or interests.

The union's chairman can be contacted at chairas@lzs.lt or +370 85 2122805.

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Latvian Association of Journalists

The Latvian Association of Journalists (Latvijas Žurnālistu Savienība, LŽS) is the union representing the journalists active in Latvia. It provides its members with different forms of support, and it periodically organizes contests and assigns awards.

The union's headquarters can be contacted at +371 67211433 or zurnalistusavieniba@e-apollo.lv.

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Russian Union of Journalists

The Russian Union of Journalists (Союз журналистов России) is the union representing journalists and other media workers across Russia. The Russian Union of Journalists, which is affiliated to the International Federation of Journalists, runs a defence hotline to support members who are attacked for doing their jobs. Contacts to get in touch with the union: ruj@ruj.ru and +7 (495) 637-51-01

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Estonian Union of Journalists

The Estonian Union of Journalists (Eesti Ajakirjanike Liit, EAL) was first established in 1919; it represents the journalism and media professionals active in Estonia. The union provides members with defense of economic interests and various forms of legal and professional support, as well as with training and scholarship opportunities. It is also active in monitoring and advocating legislative changes in the country. The union can be contacted at eal@eal.ee or at +372 646 3699.

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