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.
At the two-day symposium “Rebuilding Afghan Media in Exile”, the JX Fund brought together around 120 exiled media professionals from Afghanistan to develop strategies for the successful continuation of their independent journalistic work.
Since the Taliban took power in Kabul on August 15, 2021, many journalists have been forced to leave the country and go into exile. A new study by the JX Fund examines the situation and needs of Afghan journalists in exile.
On behalf of the ECPMF and the JX Fund, the survey institute forsa examined the media usage behavior of Ukrainian refugees for the first time. Social media and messenger services are used most frequently, above all Telegram and YouTube. Among non-Ukrainian media, Deutsche Welle and the BBC are the most popular.
Independent Russian media in exile recorded a total of 38 million website visits in September 2023. The sector is diverse and evolving. A new research report by JX Fund and The Fix provides insights into the performance and needs of Russian exile media.
The Annual Journalism Funders Gathering 2023 in New York City discussed how independent journalism can be promoted. The JX Fund also spoke about its support for independent media in exile, which play an important role in closing information gaps, especially in authoritarian countries.
At this year’s Exile Media Forum in Hamburg, exiled journalists from around the world shared their experiences and strategies for continuing their work in exile. Although the reasons they have had to go into exile are as different as the conditions in their respective countries of residence, the challenges they face are often very similar.
The pressure on media critical of the Kremlin in Russia has increased again since the beginning of the war. Hundreds of journalists have since been forced into exile. Deutschlandfunk (DLF) talks to Russian journalists in exile and representatives of media organizations about current developments in the Russian media landscape. Penelope Winterhager, managing director of the JX Fund, comments on the needs of media in exile.
Two years ago, the Taliban took power in Afghanistan. This has led to a systematic dismantling of civil rights and a stricter censorship of the media. More than half of the 547 media outlets that were registered in 2021 have since ceased to exist. But exiled media from Afghanistan bring a glimmer of hope. From October on, the JX Fund will start supporting Afghan media and media professionals in exile.
Berlin is becoming an important place for independent media in exile. These media and journalists need places where they can continue their work efficiently and in exchange with colleagues. With the support of the JX Fund, three co-working and co-production spaces are now being created in Berlin.
How does research work when you can no longer enter the country you are investigating due to the threat of politically motivated persecution? The panel “Staying close without being on site – research methods of Russian journalists in exile” discussed this question from three very different perspectives.
At the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, the JX Fund discussed with journalists from Russian media in exile their current challenges. On another panel JX Fund was invited to debate the future of the Ukrainian media system. A comprehensible article by Reuters Institute summarizes the learning from the Festival.
Hundreds of Russian journalists have gone into exile to report independently on the war and the Putin regime. The media magazine ZAPP spoke with them about how to investigate from exile and how they deal with death threats.
After the outbreak of the war, the German government promised independent journalists from Russia quick, unbureaucratic admission. In the program “Medien – Cross und Quer,” Penelope Winterhager, managing director of the JX Fund, talked about how the situation has developed since then.
On the BR podcast “BR24 Medien,” Polina Stretter, program director of the JX Fund, spoke about the challenges faced by Russian media in exile and the successes they are nevertheless achieving.
Together with The Fix and the Centre for Media Studies of the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, the JX Fund has published the study “Rebuilding Russian Media in Exile – Successes, Challenges and the Road Ahead,” which investigates the current state of Russian media in exile.
The JX Fund was founded in April 2022 to help journalists successfully continue their work in exile after fleeing war and crisis zones. Since then, 44 exiled media in eight countries have been supported in rebuilding their editorial structures in exile.
The German government wants to support journalists who have fled Belarus and Russia and is investing large sums of money in the reconstruction of media in exile. At the same time, there are no regulated admission procedures.
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Russia has adopted a series of draconian anti-press laws. In order to help threatened media professionals in Russia to choose a country of exile suitable for them and their needs, the JX Fund and Mass Media Defence Center from Voronezh have now launched the information platform Shpargalka.
Since its founding, the JX Fund has supported over 15 media outlets in exile in over 7 different countries, as well as facilitating the expansion of a media hub in Georgia. In the most recent round of funding, a total of 7 Russian and Belarusian media outlets were selected , including two prominent investigative journalism projects.
Many journalists who have fled Belarus and Russia would like to continue their work in Berlin. But the German bureaucracy puts obstacles in their way: Despite promises to the contrary, the admission procedures remain tough and humanitarian visas are only granted in individual cases.
The Russian war of aggression on Ukraine has made independent reporting in both countries difficult or even impossible. Now, the JX Fund aims to help independent media continue their reporting from exile.
In many places, the free press is threatened by illiberal tendencies, crises and wars. Yet it is needed precisely where it is to be silenced by repression or political persecution. If necessary, media must continue working from exile.
Reporters without Borders (RSF) together with the Rudolf Augstein Foundation and the Schöpflin Foundation launch the JX Fund for journalism in exile, which is intended to help media workers quickly and flexibly, to enable them to continue their work immediately after they have fled war and crisis zones.
After the Russian war of aggression and the resulting tightening of Russian media laws, the last independent media have also left Russia. The JX Fund helps them to continue their work efficiently and sustainably in exile.