Berlin Scholarship Program: Empowering Journalists in the Digital Field

Reporters Without Borders Germany offers journalists from war zones and crisis areas the opportunity to take a break in Berlin for four months and complete a training program in digital security.

The program is funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises and supported by the secure email service ProtonMail.

It aims to provide participants with practical knowledge and skills to protect themselves against digital threats such as surveillance or hacker attacks in their journalistic activities. In a second phase, participants prepare their own project through which they can pass on their newly acquired knowledge to colleagues in their home countries. In this way, journalists outside the scholarship program can also benefit from the digital security skills taught in the program.

The Berlin Scholarship Program at the Internet Governance Forum 2020

[Talk starts at 11:15] The Berlin Scholarship Program participated in this year's United Nations Internet Governance Forum with the workshop "Building Digital Security for Journalists." Our fellows Helena Bertho Dias from Brazil and Holmes Chan from Hong-Kong discussed and identified with Andy Jen (CEO Protonmail), Lisa Dittmer (Advocacy Officer for Internet Freedom at Reporters Without Borders Germany) and Gyde Jensen (Head of the German Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid) what civil society, technical and political actors can contribute to the protection of media professionals in the digital space and what specific responsibilities need to be taken in order to promote press freedom in the digital age.
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