CJFE's Journalists in Distress Fund provides humanitarian assistance to journalists whose lives and well-being are threatened. In most cases, the journalists we help have been attacked or threatened because of their profession.
About the Journalists in Distress Fund • Preference is given to journalists working in their home countries. However, requests will also be considered from journalists forced into exile, especially if they continue to cover their home country. • Funds are not granted for ongoing expenses to organizations, institutions, or enterprises. • Since its creation in 1999, the fund has disbursed over $190,000. • The amount granted typically ranges from $200 to $1500 CDN, depending on the case.
What does the Journalists in Distress Fund fund? • Lawyers' fees when journalists are detained • Medical expenses when they are caught in the line of fire • Transportation costs when they are forced to flee • Financial support for the families of journalists who have been killed or imprisoned