When journalists and media outlets are forced to leave their home countries due to political persecution or war, the JX Fund supports them in resuming their journalistic work from exile. Our goal is to contribute to the emergence of a sustainable exile media landscape. To achieve this, we constantly assess the needs of journalists in exile, survey the available resources, and develop projects together with partners that respond to the current challenges and conditions.



Why we support journalism in exile:

Independent media and journalists are needed most in the very places where they face repression and persecution. Without them, democratic discourse dwindles. And this discourse is the foundation of the freedom of information and expression. When media outlets in exile are able to reach audiences back in their countries of origin, they ensure that independent information remains available where the governments are trying to silence them. As such, the existence of independent media in exile acts as an effective counterweight to propaganda and disinformation.

When we step in:

Reporting is not a crime. When entire editorial teams have to leave their home country  due to repressive laws and legal threats, it’s important that they are able to continue their reporting in exile seamlessly. The JX Fund supports media outlets in exile at every step of the way – filling a previous gap in support. The efforts of the JX Fund range from resolving humanitarian difficulties in the initial arrival phase (such as residence permits, health insurance, psychological support) through to consulting on business and funding models that are tailored to the media market of their current country of residence, and developing effective strategies to ensure that they can continue to reach their target audiences back home. The overarching objective is to rebuild a sustainable media landscape in exile.

How we develop our programs:

The country-specific programs of the JX Fund are tailored to the specific needs of the (exile) media from specific countries. They are developed in regular dialogue with the editorial teams in exile and in close collaboration with our partner organizations.. Nevertheless, a program that was developed for one particular country cannot simply be transferred to another one. There can be stark differences from country to country in the existing support programs as well as in the challenges faced by journalists, creating an entirely different set of needs.

Which countries we support:

The JX Fund currently has programs to support media outlets from Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine. We plan on setting up additional programs in 2023.

Our journalistic values:

The media outlets in exile that we support at the JX Fund are independent, and must ascribe to the Munich Charter of Ethics on the duties and rights of journalists. This Charter includes values such as respecting the freedom of information and expression, and the obligation to independently verify information and to publish corrections when errors occur. Independent journalists should strive to contribute to an open, democratic discourse and to enrich this discourse with well-researched information.


All the work we have carried out in matching media up with existing support programs – as well as our own projects, services, and studies – are the result of the close collaboration between the JX Fund and our partner organizations. As an international hub for journalism in exile, the JX Fund is a junction for various organizations and experts from around the world. Together with our partners, we develop needs-based programs for media outlets and journalists, in order to support them through the various stages of setting up sustainable editorial structures in exile.


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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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The JX Fund awards grants of varying amounts to help media outlets rebuild their operations in exile. The process of deciding which organizations receive funding is guided by transparent selection criteria and the advice of a panel of experts. The make-up of this five-person committee is changed twice a year, with the members chosen on the basis of their regional knowledge, journalistic experience, and their expertise in media development. The members of the expert committee initially assess the applications individually before submitting their assessments anonymously for the entire committee to discuss. Final decisions are then put to a vote.



The JX Fund supports media outlets and journalists who meet the following criteria:

  • The outlet / journalist is unable to carry out their work in their home country due to political persecution or repression.
  • The outlet / journalist has published work in their country of origin or their current country of residence within the last six months.
  • The outlet / journalist has no connection to political parties or institutions.
  • The support provided would allow the outlet/journalist to resume their journalistic work.
  • The publishing work of the outlet/journalist is in keeping with the Munich Declaration of the Duties and Rights of Journalists

The kinds of support we provide

The JX Fund distinguishes between three different kinds of support, which are designed to be complementary. Together, these funding streams aim to facilitate the sustainable rebuilding of independent editorial structures in exile.


Together with our partner organizations, the JX Fund analyzes the needs of media outlets in exile. When media outlets and journalists get in touch with us, we can then link them up with pre-existing aid programs. To assist in this work, we maintain a database that collates the services offered by various institutions, civil society organizations, and individuals.


The JX Fund awards grants of varying amounts to support media outlets in rebuilding their operations in exile. The decision on which media outlets to support is based on transparent criteria (outlined below), and on advice from a five-person expert committee. The committee meets on a regular basis to discuss applications and brings together expertise from a range of fields.


To support editorial teams to develop sustainable and financially viable media organizations, the JX Fund and its partner organizations develop projects in response to the acute needs of journalists in exile , such as the information platform “Shpargalka” or the media incubator “BIMEX”.

Selection criteria

The objective of the JX Fund is to make a broad range of  independent journalists and media outlets in exile heard by as many people as possible in their countries of origin. The selection criteria and processes vary from project to project. We employ the following criteria when deciding whether or not to provide financial support:


Is the proposed project viable?


Does the project meet our journalistic standards?

Potential reach

Can the media outlet reach its target audience?


Does the media outlet have the potential to establish itself in its media market for the long term?


Does the media outlet contribute to a diversity of voices through its content and its publishing formats?