Journalism in Exile

All knowledge on exiled journalism at one place.
Compilation of articles, reports, studies, academic research and toolkits on current global developments on media and journalism in exile.

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Digital News Report 2024

  • Reuters Institute

This year’s Digital News Report comes at a time when around half the world’s population have been going to the polls in national and regional elections, and as wars continue to rage in Ukraine and Gaza. In these troubled times, a supply of accurate, independent journalism remains more important than ever, and yet in many of the countries covered in their survey the researchers found the news media increasingly challenged by rising mis- and disinformation, low trust, attacks by politicians, and an uncertain business environment.

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Attacks on Media Workers in Russia in 2021-2023

  • Justice for Journalists

This report covers the period from 2021 to 2023, during which almost 70% of all attacks on media workers in Russia have been recorded since monitoring began in 2017. The attacks of the Russian authorities on journalists and bloggers over the past three years have taken on an unprecedented scale.

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Forced to Flee: Increasing Numbers of Journalists in Exile

  • Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
  • Lucy Westcott

Threats, repression, conflict, and unrest: across the world, these and other factors are pushing journalists into exile in record numbers. In a striking development, exiled or soon-to-be exiled journalists now make up more than half of the people CPJ assists. While exile is a global issue, three countries — Russia, Iran, and Afghanistan — stand out as places from which journalists flee only to face further insecurity. Below, find case studies on each country.

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Back to Zero. Journalists in German Exile

  • WDR
  • Patrick Batarilo

In recent years, Germany has become a place of refuge for hundreds of journalists who have had to flee their home countries. Many now continue to work from here and try to improve conditions in their countries of origin. Can they succeed?

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Stagnation in Donor Funding for International Media

  • International Fund for Public Interest Media
  • Nishant Lalwani and James Deane

A new report just published from the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) shows that most “OECD DAC members are aware of the importance of the integrity of information environments to achieve their development and foreign policy objectives, and of the central role played by public interest media”. But even as autocratisation has risen, disinformation has surged and the financial threats confronting independent media have become existential, they have with just a few exceptions proved unable to increase their support for the sector.

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Exiled Journalism Worldwide

„His Death Is on Tokayev’s Conscience“

  • Meduza | Mediazona Central Asia
  • Azamat Akhmetov and Sam Breazeale

On June 18, 2024, Kazakhstani opposition journalist Aidos Sadykov, who received political asylum in Ukraine 10 years ago, was shot outside of his Kyiv apartment. Meduza shares an abridged translation of a report by Mediazona Central Asia on who Sadykov was, why he was forced into exile, and what we know about his murder.

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Press Freedom in Hong Kong

  • Reporters Without Borders

Four years after the enactment of a draconian national security law – a turning point in the decline of press freedom in Hong Kong – Reporters Without Borders (RSF) takes a closer look at the plight of exiled journalists and calls for greater support for their diaspora-led media.

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Our Wonderful Past: Media Capture and Exiled Journalism

  • JAM e.V.

This documentary explores the systematic suppression of media and freedom of expression by authoritarian regimes in Russia, Turkey, and Belarus and the state of exiled journalism – through interviews with journalists, who risk their lives to uphold the truth.

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“As exiled news outlets from South Sudan to Venezuela prepare to report on elections in their home countries, we are scaling up our operations, and others should do the same. Media organizations have a collective duty to combat these malicious assaults on free speech that are causing democratic backsliding around the world.”

Antonio Zappulla, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Guides & Toolkits

Advice for Journalists Forced Into Exile

  • IJNet
  • Sofia Heartney

From Afghanistan and Russia, to Venezuela, Eritrea and beyond, journalists globally have fled – and continue to flee – threats to their lives and livelihoods under authoritarian regimes. Entire newsrooms in these contexts, too, have shuttered operations to avoid imminent danger to their employees and financial ruin.

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Tips for Using Data in a Small Newsroom

  • Global Investigative Journalism Network
  • Pınar Dağ

Small newsrooms need to focus on the importance of data use more than ever. But they often face numerous hurdles to this kind of work, including a lack of funding, limited human resources, and outdated thinking about what constitutes traditional journalism.

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Measuring Journalism’s Impact From Exile

  • IJNet, NEMO
  • Sudeshna Chanda

Tracking impacts is especially critical for exiled media outlets due to the distance they operate from their target audiences and home countries. While there are several analytics tools to measure different aspects of your work, it can often be overwhelming to decide which tools to use. Here’s how to consider what tools to use for measuring impact for exiled journalists.

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Research & Studies

Attacks on Media Workers in Russia in 2021-2023

  • Justice for Journalists

This report covers the period from 2021 to 2023, during which almost 70% of all attacks on media workers in Russia have been recorded since monitoring began in 2017. The attacks of the Russian authorities on journalists and bloggers over the past three years have taken on an unprecedented scale.

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Forced to Flee: Increasing Numbers of Journalists in Exile

  • Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
  • Lucy Westcott

Threats, repression, conflict, and unrest: across the world, these and other factors are pushing journalists into exile in record numbers. In a striking development, exiled or soon-to-be exiled journalists now make up more than half of the people CPJ assists. While exile is a global issue, three countries — Russia, Iran, and Afghanistan — stand out as places from which journalists flee only to face further insecurity. Below, find case studies on each country.

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The Safety Needs of Myanmar Women Journalists

  • exile hub
  • Yucca Wai, Joseph Anderson

The survival of exiled media relies on the survival of media professionals, emphasizing the importance of protecting journalists’ rights to practice their profession securely. A research report by the Exile Hub now sheds light on the critical situation of exiled women journalists from Myanmar.

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Calls & Events

Galina Starovoitova Fellowship

  • Wilson Center

In keeping with both the legacies of Woodrow Wilson and Galina Starovoitova, the Starovoitova Fellowship is available to prominent scholars and policy makers from the Russian Federation who have successfully bridged the worlds of ideas and public affairs to advance human rights, the rule of law, conflict resolution, the free press, and civil society.

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Grants for Narrative Journalism

  • IJNet

Women and nonbinary journalists with at least three years’ experience can apply for grants. Family and friends of Kari Howard, along with the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), are offering the Kari Howard Fund for Narrative Journalism. Kari Howard was a former Reuters and LA Times editor who loved narrative storytelling. Applicants may be freelance or print journalists and may apply individually or as part of a team.

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Opportunities in Exile

  • Deadline: 12/31/2024

The European Center for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) is committed to solidarity with persecuted, threatened, and exiled journalists and supports them according to their individual needs. With „Opportunities in Exile“ they want to support journalists in exile with the primary goal of enabling long-term professional future opportunities and social participation.

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Country Focus: Afghanistan

Needs Assessment Report of Afghan Journalists

  • Afghanistan Journalists Support Organization

The Afghanistan Journalists Support Organization (AJSO) has published its findings from a survey in which 310 Afghan journalists, both in Afghanistan and in exile, participated. The new report mainly focuses on the needs of journalists in capacity building.

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Please Glorify the Government

  • Tagesspiegel
  • Alisher Shahir

The Taliban claim that there is freedom of the press in the country. Even Western Youtubers are allowed to come – if they report positively and adhere to strict conditions.

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Can Journalism Survive the Taliban?

  • The Guardian

The Etilaat Roz was once the most widely circulated newspaper in Kabul, but everything changed in August 2021 when the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan. In this unique video diary, journalist Abbas Rezaie follows the tenacious correspondents as they continue to report the news.

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Country Focus: Belarus

How Dev.by Stays Afloat as an Independent Publisher

  • The Fix
  • Tatsiana Ashurkevich

One of the Belarusian media outlets that has survived in exile is Dev.by, a publisher dedicated to the IT industry in Belarus and the world, producing news, interviews, reports, and analytics. The organisation operates in spite of constant threats and lack of funding. Dev.by’s CEO and founder Artiom Kontsevoi shared with The Fix how they manage to operate in such unstable conditions.

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Belarusian Journalist In Exile Calls Out State Abuses

  • Deutsche Welle
  • Vicky Hristova | Axel Rowohlt

Reporters Without Borders has ranked Belarus as the worst country for press freedom in Europe. Maria Savushkina, a Belarusian journalist currently living in Berlin, reaches tens of thousands of people back home with her political satire.

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Country Focus: Russia

Criminal Proceedings Initiated Against IStories’ Employees

  • IStories

Moscow’s Dorogomilovsky District Court arrested in absentia TV Rain journalist and former IStories employee Ekaterina Fomina and IStories’ editor-in-chief Roman Anin. The journalists are accused of spreading so-called “fakes” about the Russian army with the motive of political hatred.

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No Protection in Exile

  • Reporter ohne Grenzen

According to a survey of Russian media professionals in exile, most of them do not live in the EU but in other countries (Georgia, Armenia, Central Asia, Serbia, etc.) despite the high risks due to a lack of legal options and insufficient financial resources. On behalf of RSF, the Russian human rights organization Mass Media Defence Center has prepared an analysis of the situation of independent journalists from Russia in exile.

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