The Journalists in Danger project is an initiative which aims to support injured Syrian journalists by providing them the needed medical care and supporting them during their recovery and professional reintegration.
If the Syrian conflict is the most documented in history, we owe it to the work of hundreds of local Syrian journalists who are constantly risking their life to cover the events occuring in their country. Although many of these journalists are working for international media, most of them are freelancers. By consequence, they often do not have a contract, neither safety training nor protective equipment, and are completely alone in case of injuries. And injuries on the ground are frequent.
Their work as war reporters leads them to the front line, while their determination to cover the crimes committed against civilians makes them targets of both the regime and extremist groups. Caught in this crossfire, Syrian journalists are on their own. Working as a journalist inside Syria has became one of the most dangerous jobs in the world : just for the first half of 2018, the SNHR recorded 21 injured journalists and 17 killed.
Through the baseline study we carried out for this project, we estimate that more than 70% of the injured journalists had to stop their professional activity and are now without resources or income. Among them, many are consequently headed toward permanent damage, if not death, if they do not receive medical aid immediately.
We decided to launch this project to address this emergency situation.