Media Safety & Solidarity Fund

A MEAA initiative established in 2005, the Media Safety & Solidarity Fund is supported by donations from Australian journalists and media personnel to assist colleagues in the Asia-Pacific region through times of emergency, war and hardship.

The fund trustees direct the International Federation of Journalists Asia-Pacific to implement projects to be funded by the MSSF. The fund’s trustees are Marcus Strom, national MEAA Media section president; the two national MEAA Media vice-presidents, Karen Percy and Michael Janda; two MEAA Media federal councillors, Stefan Armbruster and Kathy McLeish; and Brent Edwards representing New Zealand’s journalists’ union, the E tū, which also supports the fund.

Aside from contributions made by MEAA members as a result of enterprise bargaining agreement negotiations, the other main fundraising activities of the fund are the annual Press Freedom Australia dinners, auctions and raffles; and the gala presentation dinner for the annual Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism. In 2014 and again in 2015, Japan’s public broadcasting union Nipporo also made contributions to the fund.

  • During the year the MSSF co-funded the second IFJ South East Asia Media Freedom report, which included research from seven countries comprising the IFJ’s South East Asia Journalist Union network (SEAJU), including a survey using a journalist safety indicatory framework, complemented by qualitative research of journalist safety in the region.

    MSSF also provided the final educational support for the child of a murdered Fijian journalist who died of injuries after a brutal attack by soldiers in 2006.

    MSSF provided support for Swe Win, editor of Myanmar Now, who is in self‐exile in Australia after a gunshot attack in his home country.

    In June MSSF supported training to improve reporting and focusing on investigative journalism techniques for the Media Association blong Vanuatu (MAV).

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    Nepal children’s summer camp

    The annual highlight of the Nepal Children’s Education Fund was a three-day summer camp. About 30 children are assisted through the program, which was established in 2010 to help the children of journalists who have been killed since the transition to democracy began in 2005. To date, this financial support has been $181,472 (including administration fees paid to the International Federation of Journalists).

    Trauma and journalism training course in Nepal

    trauma-e1459397626546-414x265In April and May 2015, Nepal was hit by a serious of devastating earthquakes that left 6,000 dead. The media in Nepal was forced to work in make-shift shelters. Through MSSF financial support given to the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), a three-day, trauma and journalism workshop was held to better equip journalists to report during and after natural disasters. Read the full story on the IFJ Asia-Pacific website.

  • Media Safety & Solidarity Fund, 2019-20 financial accounts


    Balance as at July 1 42,783 79,797
    Funds raised during the year 52,738 27,789
    Payments made during the year (27,620) (64,803)
    Balance as at June 30 67,901 42,783

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