Reporters sans Frontières
CAUSE: Fighting fake news
“Freedom of expression and information is the first and most important of freedoms.”
Reporters Without Borders (RSF), for freedom of information.
Based in Paris, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is an independent NGO with consultative status with the United Nations, UNESCO, the Council of Europe and the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF).
Founded by four journalists in the southern French city Montpellier in 1985, RSF is now one of the world’s leading NGOs in the defense and promotion of freedom of information.
Freedom of expression and information will always be the world’s most important freedom. If journalists were not free to report the facts, denounce abuses, and alert the public, how would we resist the problem of children-soldiers, defend women’s rights, or preserve our environment?
In some countries, torturers stop their atrocious deeds as soon as they are mentioned in the media. In others, corrupt politicians abandon their illegal habits when investigative journalists publish compromising details about their activities.
Still elsewhere, massacres are prevented when the international media focuses its attention and cameras on events.
Many entities act on RSF’s recommendations and RSF has developed indicators in order to evaluate the impact of its work. In recent years, it has seen a marked increase in reactions from governments to the publication of the World Press Freedom Index.
As an evaluation and advocacy tool, the Index is increasingly used by such bodies as the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the World Bank, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation in determining the allocation of development aid. Their reliance on the Index has helped to increase the attention that governments pay to freedom of information.
By helping RSF, we’re defending journalists and other media workers who are imprisoned or persecuted for doing their job, campaigning against laws designed to restrict press freedom, and fighting censorship.