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THE STORY:

Imagine you are a journalist 

One day you come home from work. You open the door to your study and you are shocked. The folders containing input for a background article on corruption that you have been working on for months are missing. Your desk is in chaos. Your word processor and address book are gone, taken by the secret service. Fortunately, the chance of a raid like this happening to a journalist in the United States is small. For us, freedom of press is normal. But only a stone’s throw away, journalists often face unacceptable risks. Purposeful persecution of journalists takes place every day.

Worldwide, thousands of journalists, producers and cameramen and women get into trouble because of their profession each year. Their cameras and word processors are destroyed simply because they stand up for the right to information. Due to their independent attitude they are faced with anonymous threats by telephone, police raids, physical injuries, arrests and, increasingly, murder.

Reporters Respond is an emergency fund for journalists and is managed by Free Press Unlimited. The fund is meant to help journalists who have been confronted with vandalism or intimidations get started again as soon as possible. This is just one of Free Press Unlimited's projects, you like to read more? Support us and make stories been told.

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"But foremostly, Radio Dabanga has to pay tribute to our reporters, editors, field coordinators and stringers. These brave people work under enormous pressure, taking substantial personal risks."

It is like a story from an exciting children’s book: a couple of men in Sudan find a way to avoid censorship and start an independent radio station. The people in Darfur are victims of a disastrous war and what they need now is unbiased information – this is what motivated five people in a small dusty office in Khartoum at the end of 2007. The idea for Radio Dabanga was born. Nobody in Sudan could have expected what the power of that idea would be, let alone how determined a group of driven journalists can be.

By now, Radio Dabanga has been the only reliable source of news for and about Darfur and Sudan for years. A source of hope for the Darfuri in Darfur and in the refugee camps in Chad and the Central African Republic. For the rest of the world it is the only source of information about Darfur and the other conflict zones in Sudan. International media and aid organisations depend on Radio Dabanga for the latest news on the region, too.

Operated and facilitated by Free Press Unlimited Radio Dabanga has been producing daily broadcasts of valuable journalism to the region. Radio Dabanga works with local reporters, editors, field coordinators and stringers. These brave people work under enormous pressure, taking substantial personal risks.

It is no exaggeration to say that the Sudanese security officers have become the real editors of the media. Newspapers have been shut down. Some journalists are banned from writing. Many journalists have been detained. They are not allowed to report on the killing of more than 300,000 people in Darfur. The mass displacement of civilians, the looting of their property does not appear in the local media. Reporters cannot interview girls, women and doctors about the numerous rape cases. Today no one can cover the serious violations of human rights.

Radio Dabanga breaks the silence and overcomes a systematic blockade of true information and facts. Radio Dabanga provides a non-biased platform for both pro-government and opposition, to tell the truth of mass killing, detention and civilian casualties. Many people wake up with our signature tune and end their day with closing remarks from our host.

Our Story - Our belief

We all need reliable news and relevant information. To know what’s going on in our community, and in the world at large. To stay clear of danger, lose harmful preconceptions, stand up for ourselves and take advantage of new opportunities. Honest reporting can open your eyes, and expand your horizon – particularly when you live in an unstable or impoverished region.

Free Press Unlimited wants people to have access to the information they need to develop and prosper.
People deserve to know. 

Our approach

You can reach a lot of people through the media. Around the world, local journalists and media organisations take it on themselves to keep their audiences informed. No matter what they come up against. We support these brave individuals in countries where there is no press freedom, in regions torn by war and conflict and in countries in transition.

We support them with equipment, trainings, emergency aid and innovative solutions. So that they can reach more people – with better stories.

Our results

Every day, our projects demonstrate the crucial importance of relevant, factual information. Refugees in Darfur hear which way to head for safety; Bangladeshi farmers learn which price is fair for their products; children find out that the world is a lot bigger than their village.

And the great thing about relevant, factual information is that it can open your eyes. Once people realise that they deserve to know, for many of them, there’s no turning back.

For a complete overview of all the various projects that Free Press Unlimited is involved in, visit our website.

Projects as:

Mexicoleaks is a digital whistleblowing platform that helps investigative journalists in Mexico in their fight against corruption and other abuses. Mexicoleaks was set up with support from Free Press Unlimited and enables whistleblowers to leak information safely and anonymously to the Mexican media and civil society organizations. Because safety and anonymity are important in a country where those in power are not afraid to use brute force to protect their own position.

Internet Protection Lab is Free Press Unlimited’s answer to the increasing digital attacks that journalists, activists and human rights defenders worldwide fall victim too. The Internet Protection Lab informs people about the risks in the digital world and provides easy to use tools like the 

NetAidKit, that enables journalists to get online in a secure way and to route around online censorship.

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