European Federation of Journalists

ECPMF legal aid for journalists facing legal actions

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) recognises that physical threats to the life, safety, wellbeing and security of journalists and media organisations remain a serious concern in many European countries. The recent actions of some governments in passing laws that restrict the right to freedom of expression and freedom of the media suggest that there is a need for advocacy against such laws or to improve existing legislation. Individual journalists, bloggers, activists, free speech advocates, non-governmental organisations, and media outlets – especially those operating in countries with more restrictive governments – can find it difficult to find legal expertise and pay for adequate legal support.

Organisations monitoring governments and parliaments may also need legal expertise to argue for better legislation.

The ECPMF support financially and with expertise journalists facing legal actions (defamation, detention, access to public documents, GDPR etc) or those advocating to improve legislation.

Conditions and applications are available here