Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is the world’s biggest NGO specializing in the defense of media freedom, which we regard as the basic human right to be informed and to inform others.

Types of assistance offered by the organisation:

Safety & Security  

Target group: journalists

Operates worldwide 

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) lends bulletproof vests and helmets at no cost to journalists travelling to dangerous areas.

Donated by the French defence ministry and national gendarmerie and by two companies, EnGarde and SafeGuard Armor, these Category IV bulletproof vests can be borrowed by leaving a cheque for €2,000 as a deposit. As well as providing a deposit, borrowers must also be or become RSF members. Khaki-coloured composite helmets may be borrowed subject to the same conditions (with a deposit of €500).

Funding  

Target group: journalists

Operates worldwide 

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.

Useful information  

Target group: journalists

Operates worldwide 

Reporters Without Borders has compiled a Guide for exiled journalists, to provide them with information about the procedures and potential obstacles in seeking asylum. It also provides practical advice and details of specialist organisations.

Safety & Security  

Target group: journalists

Operates worldwide 

In partnership with Escapade Travel Insurance, Reporters Without Borders provides a complete health insurance and repatriation for journalists and reporters for almost any country, war zone included. US based reporters, Brazilians residing in Brazil, and Canadians in Canada are not eligible for these insurance plans. RWB membership is mandatory.

Digital security  

Target group: journalists

Operates worldwide 

Reporters Without Borders provides a free online training program about digital security concepts for journalists. The training consists of short videos and regular online consultation hours during which the questions will be answered.

Temporary relocation  

Target group: journalists

Operates worldwide 

Rest and refugee scholarship is a new project run by Reporters without Borders Germany and taz-Panter-foundation, which is a non-profit organization linked to „die tageszeitung“ (taz), the daily newspaper in Berlin. Journalists from countries in crisis or war are invited to stay in Berlin. A time of refuge and rest up to three months is offered.