Support centres

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

RISE Moldova

RISE Moldova (the Association of Investigative Reporters and Editorial Security) was established in 2014 in Chisinau. Sister group to Romania’s RISE Project, it works with journalists, activists, and programmers to conduct cross-border investigations across Eastern Europe. It also trains investigative journalists and offers logistical and consulting support.

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Danish Union of Journalists

The Danish Union of Journalists (Dansk Journalistforbundm, DJ) was founded in 1961. It has more than 18,000 members.

It is a member of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the International Federation of Journalists (EFJ).

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Association of Independent Press of Moldova

The Association of Independent Press (Asociatia Presei Independente, API) is a Moldavian non-governmental organisation established in Chisinau in 1997 to support apolitical mass media.

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SCOOP is a network and support structure for investigative journalists in Eastern Europe, Russia, Caucasus, and Central Asia. It provides financial and professional support to investigative journalists. It was founded in 2003 by the Danish Association of Investigative Journalism (FUJ).

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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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International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is the world's largest organisation of journalists. First established as the Fédération Internationale des Journalistes (FIJ) in 1926 in Paris, it was relaunched as the International Organization of Journalists (IOJ) in 1946 but lost its Western members to the Cold War and re-emerged in its present form in 1952 in Brussels. Today the Federation represents around 600,000 members in 140 countries.

IFJ promotes international action to defend press freedom and social justice through strong, free and independent trade unions of journalists. Its Safety Programme includes casework, protests, campaigns, information and production of various publications. The Safety Fund, established in 1992, is an integral part of this programme that provides immediate financial relief to journalists in financial straits as a result of work-related reasons, such as:

  • Forced exile due to threats at home
  • Litigation
  • Medical Expenses
  • Travel costs

The request for assistance has to be submitted either to the IFJ regional offices in the applicant’s region or directly to the IFJ Human Rights and Communications Officer in Brussels.

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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,, + 387 33 255 602 and Una Telegrafčić,, + 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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