IFJ Affiliates Initiatives

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliates are fighting on a daily basis for citizens to receive the most balanced and updated information on Covid-19 and inform journalists about their rights and precautionary measures they should take in these critical times.

Information and the right to be informed in this crucial moment are pivotal. At the same time media employers’ duty of care obliges them to comply with a number of precautions that protect workers - staff and freelance - and that all unions should be calling for on behalf of their members.

This page aims to highlight initiatives around the globe taken by unions, media organisations and press freedom groups to make sure that information is provided with care and professionalism in full safety for media staff. It also links to key authoritative resources that all journalists should be consulting before reporting on the Coronavirus.

Keep safe and report ethically!

Unions' actions:


United Kingdom: Advices for freelances, National Union of Journalists (NUJ) - Language: English

United Kingdom: The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) called on the government “to step up” for freelancers to ensure they are not a “forgotten” group during the coronavirus pandemic - Language: English

Ireland: The NUJ in Ireland published a call for a recovery plan for local and national media: From Health Crisis to Good News

Sweden: The Swedish journalists' union (SJF) started a special "Corona" page on its website, which provides useful information, tips, advices, and news related to COVID-19. SJF is pushing the government to protect media workers. The union achieved so far (Language: Swedish):

Bosnia and Herzegovina: BiH issued guidelines for journalists - Language: English

France: Letter by the National Union to all journalists on coronavirus crisis - Language: French

  • The SNJ launched a petition to authoirities to include freelance journalists in the government aid packages.

Austria: GPA-djp has negotiated a “Corona short-time work” package for 3 months, in which all employees receive 80-90% compensation. The union informed their members about home office working conditions.

Belgium: Association des Journalistes Professionnels (AJP) is listing all the measures taken in French-speaking newsrooms to fight the spread of COVID-19 (work in progress). A good way to learn from each other, improve ourselves and get inspired - in French.

Belgium (Wallonie): the AJP is working on the creation of a solidarity fund for freelance journalists, who have been hard hit by the crisis: many of them have lost all or part of their collaborations -Language: French

Belgium (Flanders): Unions ensured that freelance journalists receive a monthly allowance from the first day they stop their activity because of the coronavirus crisis.

FinlandThe Union of Journalists in Finland has welcomed the government's aid plan for the media in light of the pandemic as well as measures to provide long-term assistance.

SwissAide minimale pour les travailleurs indépendants

Croatia: The Trade Union of Croatian Journalists (TUCJ) and the Croatian Journalists Association (CJA) urged the government “to save journalism” by taking financial compensation measures for the media sector

Italy: The FNSI urged the government to support journalism during the exceptional emergency plan and in particular local news facing unprecedented problems - Language: Italian

Ukraine: The National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU) is demanding government action to support the media sector and declare journalists key workers


SwitzerlandImpressum union publishes a report to support journalists. Language - French

The NetherlandsFreelance journalists and photojournalists who have to deal with cancellations of assignments can report them via the NVJ hotline. The NVJ asked the central government and municipalities to come up with special measures, which they did - Language: Dutch

North Macedonia

Greece: The Journalists' Union of Athens Daily Newspapers (JUADN) offered to its members financial aid and super market vouchers - Language: Greek. Greek newspaper workers union JUADN announced it will pay health insurance for long-term unemployed members from April until June. Language: Greek

Germany: The United Services Union (Ver.di) backed calls for measures to cushion the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on freelance journalists and media workers.

Estonia: The Estonian Association of Journalists has accused the government of using the media's economic crisis due to coronavirus to suppress its independence. 




Indonesia: The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) has taken action to ensure journalists’ safety who are covering the Covid19 crisis. The union published a Safety Protocol and helped to provide all its members with safety material such as masks and hand sanitizers, among other actions - Language: Indonesian

Pakistan: Union secures Punjab Covid-19 relief package

Sri Lanka: The Free Media Movement of Sri Lanka sent a letter to all the media outlets calling on their responsibility  to guarantee journalists’ safety - Language: English

Sri Lanka: FMM demands a shared social consciousness to tackle pandemic

Philippines: The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines urged the government not to use the emergency as an excuse to curtail media freedom.

NepalThe Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) provides key support to journalists and media during the pandemic


United States: Newsguild demands public stimulus funds for media. Language: English

BrazilEncuesta de FENAJ revela mayores presiones a periodistas durante la pandemia de la Covid-19 - Portuguese


República DominicantaSNTP aboga por mejores condiciones para periodistas; pide a medios proteger a profesionales para evitar contagios de Covid-19

Colombia: FIP y FECOLPER rechazan la violación de derechos laborales

El Salvador:

Uruguay: APU guidelines facing Codv-19 - Language: Spanish



Panamá: The Sindicato de Periodistas de Panamá (SPP) urges the government to protect journalists' jobs as essential service to ensure the free right to be informed - Language: Spanish

Argentina: SiPreBA denuncia despidos ilegales por Covid-19

Paraguay: SPP, Sindicato de Periodistas del Paraguay reaction to coronavirus - Language: Spanish


FEPALC: Federación de Periodistas de América Latina y el Caribe, FEPALC, safety guidelines - Language: Spanish


Ivory CoastThe Intersyndicale du secteur des médias called on authorities to respect the free flow of information - Language - French

Sénégal: Liberté de circulation pour les journalistes

Somalia: NUSOJ publishes a new COVID-19 guidance published for journalists and media houses in Somalia

Kenya: Union solidarity action in support of journalists in need

Uganda: Union fights Covid-19 pay cuts

Zimbabwe: The Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) urged the authorities to create a safe working environment for journalists covering the pandemic.

Africa: FAJ calls for heightened protection for frontline journalists

Other entitites initiatives:

UNESCO:Resource Center of Responses to COVID-19. Actions to Support Media, Enhance Access to Information, and Leverage Digital Technologies in the Fight Against the Pandemic.

International Labour Organization (ILO) resources:

UNI Global Union

Norway: The Fritt Ord Foundation will support journalists and other with 3.2 million euros – to projects that “can secure spaces of expression, develop new channels of expression and help a vibrant and vital public”.

Hacked-Off: Campaign for a free 

New York Times provided free access to the main news and for useful guidance on the coronavirus outbreak

Latin American newsrooms adapt operations as new coronavirus spreads across the continent, Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

Resources and best practices from Public Media Alliance.

Reporting and Covid-19: A Webinar Series for Journalists. Dart Center

News Media Association, reaction to coronavirus

Community radio broadcasting coronavirus prevention education in Bangladesh: https://bnnrc.net/covid-19-community-radio-broadcasting-coronavirus-prevention-education-in-bangladesh/

Argentinian newspaper "Clarín" decided to allow unlimited access to its digital content on the pandemic

Access Now Response

Access Now recommendations on privacy and data protection in the fight against COVID-19

Global investigative journalism network, COVID-19 resources:

International Center for Journalists COVID-19 resources

Association of Caribbean Media Workers safety tips

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