LONDON, 28 MAY 2020 – Today, Justice for Journalists Foundation (JFJ) announced the winning applications of its 2020 Investigative Grant programme. This year JFJ has received over thirty high-quality applications to investigate crimes against journalists committed in countries and territories including Armenia, Balkans, Brazil, Crimea, Colombia, so called “Donetsk Peoples Republic” and “Luhansk Peoples Republic”, Greece, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Nepal, Palestine, Russia, Somalia, Syria, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
Due to unprecedented strain put by COVID-19 on media workers around the world and travel bans introduced by many governments, JFJ Advisory Board had to amend its grant policies. Safety of journalists is in the core of JFJ operations and we are not in the position to risk the health of grant applicants. Therefore, in 2020, JFJ is only funding proposals that do not include foreign travel. Once the restrictions are lifted, the Foundation may revisit the applications.
The winning applications to investigate violent crimes against journalists that JFJ’s will provide full or partial funding to, are as follows:
- Killed in the line of duty: Hopes dashed for families of murdered Somali journalists.
- Vadym Komarov. Underreported story of Ukraine’s latest killed journalist.
- The foretold death of Nevith Condes Jaramillo – Mexico.
- In Brazil, the President – instead of criminals – attacks journalists.
- The Wrong Place – the story of two journalists, Andrea Rocchelli and Andrei Mironov, killed in Donbas.
- Map, impunity and homage / A series of multimedia reports on journalists killed in Mexico in 2019.
- Occupied Journalism – looking at key cases of violent crimes against journalists and bloggers in the so-called Luhansk Peoples Republic (LPR) and Donetsk Peoples Republic (DPR) between 2015-2020.
- Trauma Factor in Media: Journalists Are Not Killed Only By Guns.
- Murder of the Syrian journalist Raed Fares.
- Censorship. Propaganda. Fake news. Russian troika of Vladimir Putin.
- The murder case which won’t go away: the case of Alisher Saipov.
- Pavel Sheremet’s Case.
This year, JFJ will also contribute some funds towards exploring of how SLAPP (strategic litigation against public participation) is used to halt media workers’ investigative efforts and will provide partial funding to the investigations by the following NGOs:
- Committee to protect freedom of expression – Yerevan, Armenia.
- European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) – Leipzig, Germany.
- The Foreign Policy Centre – London, UK.
- Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa – Bogota, Colombia.
- ARTICLE 19 – Mexico city, Mexico.
JFJ would like to thank everyone who helped us during the selection process and is looking forward to working with the winners of this year’s Investigative Grants.