In response to the rapid deterioration in press freedom during nationwide protests in Iran, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is launching the Iran Media Help Desk in collaboration with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Shirin Ebadi. Iranian journalists are courageously reporting in an increasingly hostile and complex environment despite great risks to their personal safety. Your help is essential to help us provide digital security support to journalists and media in danger for reporting on events in the country.
RSF will help circumvent those risks by providing journalists and media with the tools and support needed to do their jobs as safely as possible. Their ability to continue reporting is crucial to informing the Iranian and international public, and we hope this support helps offer them some protection and minimizes disruption to their work.
With full Farsi-language capacity, RSF’s Iran Media Help Desk will :
- Help media outlets circumvent censorship by creating mirror sites through RSF’s Collateral Freedom project
- Provide emergency grants to exiled Iranian media
- Develop further materials for publication on the Farsi-language version of its website
- Engage in direct advocacy and strategic litigation at the national and international levels
- Provide digital security support to journalists at risk, including the rapid provision of VPNs
The organizers :
The international non-profit organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is proud to launch this project in collaboration with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Shirin Ebadi, a former judge and founder of the Defenders of Human Rights Center in Iran, as well as a member of RSF’s emeritus board. The prominent human rights defender co-chaired the International Commission on Information and Democracy alongside RSF’s Secretary-General, Christophe Deloire.
“In this sensitive situation, Iranian journalists and their work in reporting what is going on in Iran is essential. They risk their lives to be the voice of the people, and some have been arrested or their whereabouts are unknown, such as the brave journalist Nilufar Hamedi, who took a photo of Mahsa Amini’s relatives in the hospital. Supporting journalists in Iran is supporting the voice of freedom,” said Dr Shirin Ebadi.
Please note: Due to the delicate nature of the US-Iran relationship, financial transfers are impossible and funds raised here will not be spent directly in Iran. Please see more here . Funds raised will support media in exile, advocacy efforts, strategic litigation, and support services such as digital security, unblocking of websites, and VPN distribution for media within Iran