Grand-Places 14a, CH – 1700 Freiburg, Switzerland

Contact: Nadja Thalmann, info@impressum.ch, +41 26 347 15 00

http://www.impressum.ch

 

Geographic area served: All Europe (including EU-member states and candidate countries)

Type of organization/entity: Domestic NGO; Journalist association

Serves: Staff journalists, editors, media outlets; freelance journalists

Types of legal support: Certain members of impressum and members of certain associations that are affiliates of the European Federation of Journalists to the EFJ are entitled to a legal insurance. This insurance will cover attorney and court fees in certain areas in Switzerland and internationally for a determined number of legal subjects related to journalism. All these services are subject to terms and conditions. More information can be obtained at the central secretariat of impressum.

Types of cases: Cases involving defamation/libel brought against a journalist/media outlet; freedom of information claims brought by a journalist/media outlet; cases involving issues of source protection and/or whistleblowing; contractual/labor disputes between staff journalists and employers; contractual/labor disputes between freelance journalists and media outlets; disputes between journalists and media outlets over violations of professional codes of ethics.

Fee structure: Litigation assistance provided to journalists/media outlets as part of annual journalist association dues; certain members of impressum and members of certain associations that are affiliates of the European Federation of Journalists are entitled to a legal insurance. This insurance will cover attorney and court fees in certain areas in Switzerland and internationally for a determined number of legal subjects related to journalism. All services are subject to terms and conditions. More information can be obtained at the central secretariat of impressum.

Type of advocacy support: Leading or participating in public-awareness campaigns in support of a journalist/media outlet facing legal proceedings or court challenges; leading or participating in public-awareness campaigns around specific policy or regulatory issues that impact journalists’ reporting practices and rights; issuing alerts to domestic and international media; advocacy support for labor issues or disputes.