The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) offers practical solidarity to journalists resident in Turkey. It extends its Journalists-in-Residence programme to up to three more journalists from Turkey and is now accepting applications. (Deadline: 23 September 2018)

This invitation is for journalists holding a Turkish passport and who are currently based in Turkey.
Timeslots are available for stays between three and six months in length during the period from November 2018 to June 2019.

Participants are provided with a rent-free, furnished apartment in Leipzig, Germany, a monthly stipend of 1,000 euros, and free health insurance. The ECPMF also covers travel costs to and from Leipzig as well as visa fees. The selected journalists are offered access to the Centre’s wide-ranging network of contacts as well as optional training sessions in useful skills such as secure digital communication and data safety.

The ECPMF considers its Journalists-in-Residence Programme to be a concrete and lasting contribution to the campaign for media freedom and pluralism in Europe. “Journalists staying with us have often been fighting for years to be able to work independently and without restrictions. They are long-established colleagues who often face massive threats in their home countries”, says Christian Schult, JiR programme co-ordinator at the ECPMF.  “The Journalists-in-Residence Programme is designed to allow journalists to work outside the hostile environment for some time, to extend their personal networks, and to highlight press freedom problems in their home countries – if individual circumstances permit this”, Schult continues.

How to apply

To be eligible to apply, journalists must hold a Turkish passport, live in Turkey and have been working as a professional journalist. They must provide proof to be at risk as a direct result of his or her journalistic work. In addition, a sufficient knowledge of either the English, French or German language (minimum level B2) is required.
The ECPMF accepts applications sent to journalistsinresidence [at] until 23:59 CEST on Sunday 23 September 2018.

In-depth information on the programme, application requirements and the application form are available on the ECPMF JiR website.

For more information, please contact the JiR programme co-ordinator Christian Schult at +49 341 200 403 13 or via E-mail.

All applications will be treated as strictly confidential. A key for encrypted communication can be found on the website mentioned above.