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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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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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, Then Spied On

  • accessnow

Following last year’s joint investigation into the use of NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware against Galina Timchenko, co-founder, CEO, and publisher of Meduza, Access Now, the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto (“the Citizen Lab”), and independent digital security expert Nikolai Kvantiliani have uncovered how at least seven more Russian, Belarusian, Latvian, and Israeli journalists and activists have been targeted with NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware within the EU.

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The State of Global Press Freedom in 10 Numbers

  • Columbia Journalism Review
  • Jon Allsop

Press freedom faces growing threats globally. Despite efforts to highlight its importance, press freedom is declining globally. Below are ten figures from this year’s World Press Freedom Day, what they show, and, sometimes, what they don’t.

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Exiled Journalism Worldwide

When Governments Chase Journalists in Exile

  • Journalisten und Anwälte für Meinungsfreiheit (JAM) e.V.
  • Evin Barış Altıntaş

At least 26 governments have targeted journalists abroad, according to Freedom House, which has identified 112 incidents against journalists from 2014 to 2023, including assault, detention, unlawful deportation, rendition, and assassination. For some journalists, leaving the country might not always guarantee safety.

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Ethiopian Journalists Struggle in Exile

  • Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

Ethiopian journalist Belete Kassa fled the country after his colleague Belaye Manaye was detained in a desert military camp. As crackdowns on the press escalate, dozens of Ethiopian journalists face exile, harassment, and threats.

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Syrian Journalists Threatened by Neighbouring States

  • Reporters Without Borders (RSF)

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and its local partner, the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) warn that Syria, ranked 179/180 on the world press freedom index, remains as dangerous as ever for news professionals and calls for the protection of Syrian journalists in exile.

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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

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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Dealing With Trauma Arising From Cyber Attacks

  • IJNet
  • Kayak Dasgupta

Journalists today are often primary targets of online harassment, trolling, doxxing, hacking and spyware. In addition to abuse from anonymous users online, they are also subject to surveillance, intimidation and persecution by powerful entities like large corporations, legal and local authorities, or the state machinery at large.

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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

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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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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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

The Journalist in Residence

  • Max Weber Programme for Postdoctoral Studies

The Max Weber Programme (MWP) at the European University Institute (EUI) invites journalists in targeted Widening countries to a paid residency in Florence, taking place between 30 September and 29 November 2024.

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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 Fund Investigative Journalism

  • IJNet

The grants, sponsored by the Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ), are intended to support investigative projects that break new ground and expose wrongdoing – such as corruption, malfeasance or misuse of power – in the public and private sectors.

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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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