Founded by four journalists in southern France in 1985, Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) is one of the world’s leading NGOs in the defense and promotion of freedom of information. Registered in France as a non-profit organization since 1995, RSF has distinguished itself in China, by its protests during the 2008 Beijing Olympics; in Africa, by creating the only independent radio station broadcasting to Eritreans in 2009; in Haiti, by creating a media support center after the January 2010 earthquake; and in Syria, by providing training to journalists and bloggers. Based in Paris, RSF has consultative status with the United Nations, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, and the International Organization of the Francophonie. Its foreign sections and bureaus—including Brussels, Washington, Berlin, Tunis, Rio de Janeiro, and Stockholm, as well as a 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.
A 2018 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network supported RSF’s advocacy and communications campaigns promoting the safety of journalists worldwide.