The Frontline Freelance Register (FFR) is a representative body for freelance journalists, created for and run by freelancers. It is a member-driven ring-fenced initiative of the Frontline Club Charitable Trust. FFR is open to international freelance journalists who are exposed to risk in their work and who adhere to its Code of Conduct. FFR provides its members with a sense of community while championing their safety and professional practice.
Types of assistance offered by the organisation:
FFR provides freelancers with a forum, a representative body and a critical mass to advocate for their safety, protection and welfare. Foreign reporting is increasingly being dominated by freelance journalists, many of whom are deeply committed professionals doing outstanding work. At the same time, many of these freelancers lack the institutional support and the financial means to adequately manage the challenges of working in hostile environments.
Press cards are an essential part of a professional journalist’s kit. They provide proof of a journalist’s legitimacy and credibility, enabling access to essential news stories and events. They also play a key safety role. Carrying a press card can prevent detention or arrest and alleviate suspicion over a journalist’s presence at an event, location or situation. But for many freelance journalists, press cards are difficult to obtain.
The cards are currently available to registrants of the Frontline Freelance Register (FFR), a representative body for freelance journalists created and run by freelancers.