Safety Fund

The Safety Fund managed by IMS for the Danish Union of Journalists provides support for journalists victimised as a direct result of their journalistic work. The support is made possible through donations made by members of the Danish Union of Journalists in solidarity with their international colleagues under threat.

The Fund is used in cases where:

  • Individual journalists are targeted or victimised as a direct result of their work;
  • A journalist has been killed or rendered otherwise incapable of sustaining his/her family;
  • A journalist is in need of immediate protection as a result of a direct threat (relocation, safe houses, evacuation out of the country or region);
  • Urgent legal or medical assistance is required;

Support is given only in the short-term, and no longer than 6 months, covering the immediate needs of the individual or his/her close relatives.

The Fund cannot be used as humanitarian support to journalists in cases where individuals are affected by natural disasters.

Our staff carefully vets all assistance cases and coordinates support with other member of the Journalists in Distress (JID) Network, a group of 18 international organizations that provide direct assistance to journalists and media workers whose lives or careers are threatened because of their work. Each organization has its own mandate and criteria for emergency assistance; the Network does not engage in joint advocacy.

The JID Network was established in 2006 to allow member organizations with freedom of expression mandates to more easily share information, coordinate joint efforts and avoid duplication.


For more information about the Safety Fund, please write to lwn@mediasupport.org


Members of the JID Network:


Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE)

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

Free Press Unlimited (FPU)

Freedom House

Front Line Defenders (FLD)

Human Rights Watch (HRW)

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)

International Media Support (IMS)

International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF)

IREX Journalist Safety Network

Journalists Helping Journalists (JHJ)

Kality Foundation

Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI)

PEN America

PEN International

Rory Peck Trust (RPT)

Reporters Without Borders (RSF)