NUJ makes 11500€ contribution to IFJ's Safety Fund

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the UK and Ireland has made a "vital" contribution to the IFJ's Safety Fund which will enable significant new support for journalists in danger around the world.  NUJ General Secretary Michelle Stanistreet announced the donation of 11 500€ on 19 May as the union's Conference got underway.

The Fund, which was established in 1992, is one of IFJ's most important tools to support journalists in need across the world. It has already helped thousands of media workers and their families facing violence and threats or in need of medical support.

IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger said: " We are very grateful to the NUJ for their generous contribution which will enable us to continue our unique model of solidarity among journalists. Our fund is a key instrument in our fight for press freedom and our assistance to journalists in need across the world. It wouldn't be possible without the support of our affiliates".

The Safety Fund offers financial assistance in a range of emergency cases such as threats, violence, prosecution, settlement in exile and illness. It also provides immediate assistance for the families of journalists and media staff whose ‘bread-winner’ has been killed and who have no means to sustain themselves.

Since its inception in 1992, the Fund has paid out over three million euros in humanitarian and emergency assistance, making the Safety Fund a vital lifeline for journalists under threat. 

It is made up of money raised by individual journalists and IFJ unions. It has taken up cases all over the world and intervened to provide special support for the media victims of natural disasters and accidents. 

To make a one-off donation, click here. 

Journalists can also donate a small amount from their monthly pay on a regular basis.

For more information, please contact IFJ on +32 2 235 22 16

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