Support centres

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

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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Norwegian Union of Journalists

The Norwegian Union of Journalists (Norsk Journalistlag) is the union representing the people working in the journalism sector in Norway, and it includes the vast majority of them. Besides acting in order to improve its members' working conditions, the union is active in promoting journalism ethics and freedom and in monitoring the state of journalism in Norway and abroad. It provides its members with legal and professional assistance, as well as with several education and grant opportunities. The union also publishes the online magazine Journalisten , devoted to media issues. Contacts to get in touch with the union are nj@nj.no and +47 22 05 39 50.

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Union of Icelandic Journalists

The Union of Icelandic Journalists (Blaðamannafélag Íslands) is the union representing the journalism professionals in Iceland. Founded in 1897 and counting on some 500 members, the union monitors the state of the media and of media work in the country. It negotiates some working conditions for its members, and it provides them with legal support and educational or professional opportunities. The union can be contacted at bi@press.is or at +354 553-9155.

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National Union of Journalists - UK & Ireland

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) is the union representing the people employed in the journalism sector in the United Kingdom and in Ireland. Founded in 1907, the NUJ includes quite a broad range of professionals, active in a variety of media outlets and working according to different models. The union provides information, assistance and support to its members, and it promotes campaigns to advance their causes. While the NUJ invites to get in touch with its local representatives, it is also possible to contact its headquarters at +44 020 7843 3700 or at info@nuj.org.uk.

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Mass Media Defence Centre

The Mass Media Defence Centre is an NGO working in the field of media rights protection and the promotion of freedom of expression standards in Russia. Its primary purpose is to protect the rights of media outlets and the legal protection of journalists, also helping them to find pro bono lawyers.

The MMDC is part of the Media Legal Defence Initiative network. The MMDC Director Galina Arapova is a member of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF).

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RSF Assistance Desk

The Assistance Desk of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) provides financial and administrative assistance to professional journalists and citizen-journalists who have been the victims of reprisals because of their reporting

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