Forbidden Stories partners with CPJ to strengthen journalist safety
Forbidden Stories and the Committee to Protect Journalists announced on Thursday a new partnership to strengthen their ability to assist journalists worldwide.
The partnership will see the two nonprofits share journalists’ requests for financial and non-financial support, including security assistance, with each other, as well as information about journalists who have been killed, jailed, or threatened.
Forbidden Stories’ “SafeBox Network” allows journalists at risk to share documents and information via a secure platform and it works with media partners to publish the investigations of reporters who have been threatened, jailed, or killed to ensure that their stories do not disappear with them.
CPJ provides comprehensive, life-saving support to journalists and media workers around the world, including safety consultations, up-to-date security information, and rapid response assistance to those who are injured, forced to flee, or imprisoned for their work.
As part of this new initiative, journalists assisted by CPJ will benefit from the SafeBox Network’s mechanism, while members from Forbidden Stories’ “SafeBox Network” will have access to CPJ’s safety consultations.
“In 2024, journalists continue to be targeted and murdered for their work. With this partnership, we are joining forces to keep stories alive and to send a strong message to the enemies of the press: there is no point in killing a journalist,” said Forbidden Stories’ Founder and Executive Director Laurent Richard.
“Forbidden Stories has shown that killing a journalist won’t kill their story,” said CPJ CEO Jodie Ginsberg. “This partnership will magnify both our organizations’ efforts to protect journalists and their work, secure justice for murdered journalists or those unjustly jailed, and ensure the corrupt and the criminal are held to account.”
Both organizations have made commitments to step up collaborations with like-minded partners to reverse the global decline in media freedom and address rising attacks on journalists worldwide.
You can read more about the SafeBox Network and its mission to deter crimes against journalists, here.