Organising Turkey’s human rights based journalism fit for the digital age

Working with journalists’ unions the project will target non-unionised journalists and media workers, prosecuted and sacked journalists under the state of emergency, mid-career journalists needing to adapt to the new online work practices and digital start-up entrepreneurs.

It will carry out workshops, training, campaigns and programmes to:

  • improve working conditions through raised public awareness of workers’ social and labour rights among journalists and media workers in 20 regions
  • provide solidarity to post coup journalists persecuted for their work and now prosecuted or unemployed by media closures, especially through the establishment of a solidarity fund
  • train journalists on human rights and professional journalism for the digital media to counter the post truth culture
  • provide financial support for digital media start-ups through sub-granting programme 

Location: Turkey

Dates: 2018- 2021

This project receives the financial support of the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) Program managed by the European Commission.

IFJ/EFJ transitional Solidarity Fund

Journalists in Turkey have, in recent years, faced an unprecedented state crackdown. Despite the lifting in July 2018 of a two-year long state of emergency, the press continues to be stifled and journalists to face trials, job insecurity and abuse. Thousands of journalists have been sacked with a catastrophic impact on the victims and their families.

To support journalists in need and their families, the International and European Federations of Journalists (IFJ/EFJ) have established a transitional solidarity fund for journalists in Turkey.

This solidarity fund provides financial relief to prosecuted and sacked journalists. It will offer legal and humanitarian support to targeted journalists or their families and will constitute a rapid response to acute cases and longer-term support for those most in need.

The IFJ/EFJ transitional Solidarity Fund covers the following areas of assistance:

  • Legal advice or defense of prosecuted or jailed journalists/media staff.
  • Immediate humanitarian assistance for journalists or families of journalists and media staff whose ‘bread-winner’ has been jailed or prosecuted.
  • Medical fees for jailed/prosecuted journalists or a family member.

This transitional solidarity fund is a source of aid and comfort and a symbol of international solidarity that encourages journalists to carry on in times of struggle and hardship.

The applications for this fund are restricted to journalists based in Turkey.

To apply, go to the application form here