Apply for grant to investigate crimes against journalists, media workers

Apply for grant to investigate crimes against journalists, media workers

DEADLINE: MARCH 20, 2022 – Media organisations and non-profits can apply for grants from the Justice for Journalists Foundation (JFJ)  to investigate crimes against journalists and media workers.

The project which is part of the JFF annual Investigative Grant Programme will award up to $80,000 for each proposal to cover hard costs of getting to the story and reporting it – airfare, hotels, meals, ground transportation, fixers, translators, as well as the reasonable fee for the justifiable duration of the project.

Established media and NGOs with stringent reporting procedures and a proven track record of successful projects are encouraged to apply.

Areas of focus include:

  1. Investigation into physical violence and abuse, as well as harassment and bullying campaigns against media and journalists:
  2. Investigation into the illegal tapping/surveillance of media workers in countries beyond the geography of Pegasus project (for example, use of technology to persecute journalists in Central Asian states).
  3. Investigation into the impact on the families of media workers subjected to violence, abuse, persecution or forced exile (for example those fleeing Russia/Chechnya, Belarus, Tajikistan or Kazakhstan);
  4. Investigation into the persecution of whistle-blowers and informants who provide valuable documentary materials for further publications by independent media;
  5. Investigating, discovering and exposing profiles of the main perpetrators and facilitators of violence, abuse, harassment and prosecution against independent media and media workers.
  6. Foundation will continue to look into and raise awareness of Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) and would welcome proposals that help to promote the anti-SLAPPs agenda both in the context of UK and in Europe or globally. JFJ will consider projects with special attention given to the legislation used and methods employed by various governments around the world to silence journalists.

Winning applications will be made public on May 3, 2022 – World Press Freedom Day.




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