Journalists in Distress Fund

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CJFE's Journalists in Distress program provides humanitarian assistance to journalists around the world whose lives and well-being are threatened because of their work. Since its creation in 1999, the program has disbursed over $275,000 CAD.


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About the Journalists in Distress Program

  • The applicant must be a journalist, verifiable by either an IFEX member or an organization that provides emergency assistance.
  • The amount granted typically ranges from $500 to $1500 CAD.
  • Journalists are eligible for a maximum of two separate grants from CJFE.

What does the program provide financial support for?

  • Legal fees when journalists are detained.
  • Medical expenses when journalists are caught in the line of fire or traumatized by their coverage.
  • Transportation costs to flee a dangerous situation.
  • Financial support for the families of journalists who have been killed or imprisoned.
  • Resettlement costs within first year of arriving in a final safe country.

How to Apply

To apply to the Journalists in Distress program, please download the application form.

Please note that we are only able to accept applications in English.


Visit CJFE's online Resource Centre for more emergency assistance programs, as well as manuals, guides and tips for journalism safety and security.

To learn about protecting your digital security, check out CJFE's "Journalists in Distress: Securing Your Digital Life." This resource has information and tips that are especially useful to anyone who is thinking about applying to an emergency assistance program.

The JID Network: Who We Are

CJFE is a member of the Journalists in Distress (JID) Network, a group of 18 international organizations that provide direct assistance to journalists and media workers whose lives or careers are threatened because of their work. Each organization has its own mandate and criteria for emergency assistance; the Network does not engage in joint advocacy. The JID Network was established in 2006 to allow member organizations with freedom of expression mandates to more easily share information, coordinate joint efforts and avoid duplication. 


2017 JID Program made possible in part by generous support from:

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