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The phenomenon of journalism in exile has emerged as a significant global trend in recent years. The JX Fund utilizes modern tools for recording, monitoring, and analyzing the performance and needs of entire exiled media communities. Our data-driven studies target researchers, donors, politicians, journalists, and the exiled media themselves.

AN UNBROKEN SPIRIT: AFGHANISTAN EXILED MEDIA SINCE THE TALIBAN TAKEOVER.

July 2024 | Study

Despite a wide range of challenges in exile, independent Afghan media in exile remain highly esteemed by their audiences. Cumulative YouTube views reached an estimated 36 million as of April 2024, while an aggregate of 6 million followers on Facebook engage with media. 27% of the exiled media covered in this study use television formats which means high production costs.

This study is a well-founded overview of the existing Afghan media in exile based on data gathered from both open sources and submitted by market stakeholders, including the media themselves.

  • Implementation: The Fix Research and Advisory

Supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM).

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SILENCED BUT RESILENT: BELARUSIAN MEDIA SINCE THE REVOLUTION OF 2020

March 2024 | Study

Since the revolution in Belarus was violently suppressed in 2020 there has been a mass exodus of the last remaining independent media.

In addition to the financially precarious situation in exile, one major challenge is maintaining relations with the audience inside of the country, while websites and social media are blocked and Belarusians face retaliation for sharing or even viewing “extremist content” (security forces frequently inspect the phones of people, both “suspect” and random).

Yet despite these challenges, independent Belarusian media are still uniquely valued by their audiences. The five biggest sites had over 17 million visits in December 2023. That same month, the average time spent on site was over 10 minutes for leading Belarusian outlets. These numbers show that although the state spent an estimated 50 million euros on propaganda in 2023, the people of Belarus still highly value objective and trustworthy coverage.

  • Implementation: The Fix Research and Advisory

Supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM).

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SUSTAINING INDEPENDENCE: CURRENT STATE OF RUSSIAN MEDIA IN EXILE

December 2023 | Study

Against all odds, Russian independent media survived the shock of 2022 and continue to reach a wide audience inside and outside Russia. This is a phenomenon of historical proportions – the sector includes at least 93 media projects, ranging from early-stage startups and media focused on ethnic minorities to large publishers serving a broad public[MD4] . Now a new research report by the JX Fund and The Fix shows that these media still reach a total readership of 6-9% of the adult population.

  • Implementation: The Fix Research and Advisory

Supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM).

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PROFESSIONAL SITUATION AND NEEDS OF AFGHAN JOURNALISTS IN EXILE

December 2023 | Exploratory Study

Many journalists were forced to leave Afghanistan and sought asylum elsewhere since Taliban’s take-over of Kabul on August 15, 2021. This geographically dispersed community faces many challenges if it wants to continue practicing its profession. This exploratory study aims to conduct a needs assessment targeted at Afghan journalists and media professionals living in exile.

  • Implementation: JX Fund

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MEDIA CONSUMPTION OF UKRAINIAN AUDIENCES IN GERMANY

December 2023 | Survey

On behalf of the ECPMF and the JX Fund, the survey institute forsa examined the media usage behavior of Ukrainian refugees in Germany for the first time.

  • Implementation: European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, forsa

Supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM).

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REBUILDING RUSSIAN MEDIA IN EXILE: SUCCESSES, CHALLENGES AND THE ROAD AHEAD

December 2022 | Study

This extensive study investigates for the first time the status of Russian media in exile, and how the cities of Amsterdam, Berlin, Tbilisi, and Riga have become real magnets for exiled Russian reporters after independent journalistic work has become impossible inside of the country. It identifies the conditions for successfully (re)building media outlets, analyzes the challenges such outlets face, and sketches out potential guidelines for a transnational program of funding and support.

  • Implementation: The Fix Media, Centre for Media Studies of the Stockholm School of Economics (Riga)

Supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM).

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