Source description last updated: 5 November 2018

In brief: Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) is a Paris-based international non-governmental organization devoted to protecting freedom of expression by reporting on violations of press freedom.

Coverage on
Press releases (Appeal or News Release) and reports (Special or Analytical Report)
Covered daily on for countries of priorities A-C; annual reports also for priorities D and E

“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.” (RSF website: Presentation, undated)

“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). Its foreign sections, its bureaux in ten cities, including Brussels, Washington, Berlin, Tunis, Rio de Janeiro and Stockholm, and its network of correspondents in 130 countries give RSF the ability to mobilize support, challenge governments and wield influence both on the ground and in the ministries and precincts where media and Internet standards and legislation are drafted. […]
Every day, RSF issues press releases and reports […] about the state of freedom of information throughout the world and how it is being violated. Its statements in the international media increase public awareness and influence leaders as regards both individual cases and general issues.” (RSF website: Presentation, undated)

RSF’s annually published World Press Freedom Index “ranks 180 countries according to the level of freedom available to journalists” (RSF website: The World Press Freedom Index, undated).

Sources of RSF’s funding include donations (RSF website: My donation, undated), membership fees (RSF website: Membership, undated), online crowdfunding and sales of photo albums (Vosges Matin: Le prochain album de Reporters sans frontières sera consacré aux photographies de Vincent Munier, 7 September 2018).

Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: Sub-Saharan Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe-Ex USSR, Middle East-North Africa
Thematic focus: All forms of violations of press freedom; killing, imprisonment, torture, disappearance and other persecution of journalists, media workers and bloggers

“After checking and corroborating our information, we issue press releases every day about abuses against journalists and about the many different kinds of censorship.” (RSF website: Our activities, undated)

“A team of in-house specialists, each assigned to a different geographical region, keeps a detailed tally of abuses and violence against journalists and media outlets. These researchers also rely on a network of correspondents in 130 countries.” (RSF website: The World Press Freedom Index, undated)

Language(s) of publications:
French, English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and other languages

Further reading / links:
Reporter ohne Grenzen e.V. (Deutschland)
Reporter ohne Grenzen Österreich
Reporter ohne Grenzen e.V.: Auszeichnungen, undated
All links accessed 5 November 2018