The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) is a non-profit organisation that was founded in Leipzig, Germany, 2015. It operates on the basis of  the European Charter on Freedom of the Press and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

Types of assistance offered by the organisation:


Target group: women journalists*

Operates in Member States of the Council of Europe 

Under the umbrella of the newly launched Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) mechanism, ECPMF’s Women’s Reporting Point aims to deepen a gender-specific aspect of the safety of journalists and encourages female media workers to report it if they are subjected to harassment or they witness it in their journalistic work. Reports received are given priority, treated confidentially and are only handled by women staff.

ECPMF strives for a Europe that is free from any gender-related discrimination. All people who identify as female/woman or non-binary are addressed in this article and in the ECPMF’s Women’s Reporting Point and support programmes.

*including media workers.

Emergency fund

Safety & Security


Target group: journalists*

Operates in EU and Candidate Countries  and UK 

Oftentimes threats against journalists and media workers require urgent and time sensitive responses to ensure the safety of those targeted can be guaranteed. This can involve emergency physical and mental health care assistance and support for them to leave the country where the threats emerge. As part of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) we provide support for: Medical assistance, Subsistence costs, Psychological support; Work provisions, Family support, Preventive safety measures.

*including media workers and media organisations.

Legal assistance

Target group: journalists*

Operates in Member States of the Council of Europe 

ECPMF offers and coordinates legal support on matters related to free speech for individuals and organisations working in countries located geographically in Europe.

*including media workers.

Temporary relocation

Target group: journalists

Operates in Member States of the Council of Europe 

The ECPMF’s Journalists-in-Residence (JiR) programme offers temporary shelter for journalists facing harassment and intimidation as a direct result of their work. Journalists get the chance to rest and recuperate in a safe and discreet place, and also to continue their investigative work at their own pace and use their time in Leipzig for networking and finding solidarity.