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Media Outlets

Since April 2022, the JX Fund has supported 79 exiled media outlets from Afghanistan, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine with financial or structural aid.

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Grants

In total, 129 grants have been awarded to exiled media outlets with journalists working from 25 different countries.

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Projects

The JX Fund has implemented 28 projects targeting different needs of both exiled media outlets and freelance journalists.

News and press releases

Current developments and observations

Incubator Program for Exiled Afghan Media Projects

The Media Incubator Program, tailored to support exiled Afghan journalists in Germany, aims to provide comprehensive assistance in developing new media projects. The program offers training, guidance, financial assistance, and helps fostering connections with established media organizations. Three media projects by exiled Afghan journalists have been selected to participate.

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Study: Afghan Exiled Media Since the Taliban Takeover

The Taliban takeover in 2021 has created an environment of fear and uncertainty within the Afghan media community. Many journalists have fled their homeland in search of safety and freedom. Nonetheless, Afghan journalists in exile continue to demonstrate resilience and dedication to their profession. A new study now provides unprecedented insight into the development of the Afghan exiled media landscape.

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Continued Funding for the MiCT Co-Working Space

For many Russian-speaking exiled journalists, the co-working space ‘MiCT Roof’ became a safe haven in Berlin last year. The aim of the co-working space is to enable exiled media professionals to continue their work while also creating networking opportunities with German media outlets, production companies, foundations, and politics. Now, the JX Fund again supports the continuation of the project.

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Study: Belarusian Media Since the Revolution of 2020

Despite many challenges, independent Belarusian media are still uniquely valued by their audiences. The study “Silenced But Resilient: Belarusian Media Since the Revolution of 2020” by JX Fund and The Fix Research and Advisory is giving an overview of Belarusian media in exile since 2020.

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Two Years JX Fund: Supporting Exiled Media in Countering Repression

Since its foundation, the JX Fund has supported 55 independent media in exile from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. Around 1,600 media professionals in exile have benefited from this work. The JX Fund focuses on unbureaucratic and needs-oriented support to enable independent media in exile to operate sustainably.

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ABOUT THE JX FUND

AN INTERNATIONAL CLEARING HOUSE FOR INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM IN EXILE

The JX Fund enables journalists who have fled war zones or regions in crisis to continue their work in exile. We assess the needs of individual media outlets, connect experts and partners with practical experience, pool international support streams, and send help to where it’s needed most.

CURRENT PROJECTS AND PARTNERSHIPS

HOW WE SUPPORT JOURNALISM IN EXILE

The JX Fund holds regular funding rounds to deliver various forms of support tailored to the different phases of life in exile, including quick-response grants for emergency support as well as long-term structural support. Together with our partners, we initiate projects and instigate collaborations that offer targeted responses to current challenges and crises.

GRANTS

The JX Fund awards grants of varying amounts to help media outlets in exile get back on their feet. The prerequisite for applying is a clear and workable editorial concept and a medium-term financial and strategic plan for the further development and strengthening of the medium.

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STUDY

The study “Rebuilding Russian Media in Exile – Successes, Challenges and the Road Ahead” investigated the factors that have led to the formation of geographic hubs in the exile media landscape, and what challenges journalists still face in these locations.

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MEDIA INCUBATOR

The “Berlin Incubator for Media in Exile” (BIMEX) supports independent media outlets from Belarus and Russia to develop strategies for their work in exile. The focus of BIMEX is on providing knowledge to help exiles navigate the first steps of resettlement, as well as to build sustainable media outlets in exile.

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MEDIA INCUBATOR

“BoostYourMedia: Ukraine Incubator” provided 10 Ukrainian media outlets with individualized support with setting up and maintaining sustainable structures in times of war. The program was aimed at media outlets with an international audience and hybrid editorial teams.

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INFORMATION PLATFORM

On the information platform “Shpargalka,” at-risk journalists from Belarus and Russia can find answers to 21 of the most frequently asked legal questions around living in exile, from leaving the country to setting up a media outlet in their new place of residence.

 

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FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

The “Critical Voices” fellowship program supports media professionals after they have fled conflict zones to continue their work in exile. In addition to support in acquiring the necessary residence permit, the media professionals were offered various training courses.

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LEGAL AID CENTER

The legal aid center for independent journalists from Russia offers support in defending journalists against prosecution by the Russian state and documents instances of injustice for use in future legal cases.

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RESEARCH GRANTS

The “Connecting the Dots” research grants have provided support to media outlets from Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine in forging partnerships with German organizations. This project placed a focus on data-based and investigative research, as well as on multimedia reporting.

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WORKSHOP

In the four-day workshop “Decolonizing Journalism,” journalists engaged in a critical interrogation of the legacies of Russian colonialism and its continued effects on journalism in the post-Soviet region.

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OUR NETWORK

TARGETED COLLECTIVE ACTION

The JX Fund operates as an international clearing house for supporting journalism in exile. We bring together a host of organizations and experts from around the world to develop a program of grants and support measures that are geared to meet the needs of journalists in crisis. Working together in this way allows us to use our resources more effectively, avoiding duplication and filling the gaps in existing support structures.

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SUPPORT THE JX FUND

HELP INDEPENDENT MEDIA IN EXILE

Media outlets in exile need various forms of knowledge and expertise to get up and running. But more than anything, they need financial support. Because journalists often must pack up and leave at short notice, the needs of editorial teams can range from a basic camera to setting up an entire co-production studio.

With your donation, you’re helping us to provide efficient and targeted support to media outlets and journalists in exile.

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GETTING SUPPORT

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MEDIA OUTLETS IN EXILE

The JX Fund swings into action when the media in a particular country or region is facing systematic repression or the threat of impending war. In collaboration with international partner organizations, our projects offer tailored support to media outlets in exile – ranging from financial support to legal advice and psychological counselling, all the way through to practical tips on how to improve your reach, and advice on finding the right funding model for your organization.