Reporters Without Borders

Annual accounts 2010

Published on Thursday 21 July 2011.
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New French accounting regulations for organisations appealing for public contributions mean we have to present in a slightly different way our annual report about how we used our income.


Reporters Without Borders income in 2010 was mainly from:

  • The sale of publications (mainly books of photographs) and related products (45.5%)
  • Corporate donors and foundation (17.8%)

Income from the general public (4.7%) included donations from private individuals in France and other countries, as well as legacies. This money was used for:

  • Drives to raise further funding from the general public,
  • Public campaigns and assistance work.

Other income was mainly from:

  • public institutions (18%) such as the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), the French Development Agency and the International Organisation of the Francophonie.
  • the 2010 part of the Roland Berger Award for Human Dignity (7%) (the amount is included under other private funding).
  • Other sources (4%), mainly member dues, structural rebilling (Reporters Without Borders International), financial income (mostly exchange rate differences), income rolled over from previous years and transferred costs (mainly government-subsidised hiring).
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How it was spent

Campaigns and assistance work absorbed 83% of our income (K€3,575)

Our work includes:

  • Gathering and distributing information, public campaigning and raising public awareness, by our researchers and worldwide network of 140 or so correspondents, to expose attacks on media freedom and online freedom of expression. This is done through daily press statements, as well as in-depth investigations and special events such as World Press Freedom Day and support for two journalists held in Afghanistan since December 2009.

We also produce three times a year books of photographs highlighting the work of individual photojournalists and the importance of media freedom.

Among other actions, we published a handbook in 2010 for journalists reporting on elections and sent a team to observe media behaviour during presidential elections in Ivory Coast.

This work of information, campaigning and raising awareness is also done through our international branches, notably in Washington and Brussels. The cost of funding these centres came under the heading of work done abroad.

  • We help and support journalists, bloggers and media outlets in difficulty and have had an office for this for several years.

We made grants in 2010 to help threatened journalists leave their country (mainly Iran) and pay medical, legal and other basic living costs.

We financially supported media outlets targeting some of the world’s most repressive countries (blog platforms in China, a free and independent radio station broadcasting from Paris to Eritrea and radio stations broadcasting from Seoul to North Korea) and also helped media hit by natural disasters when we set up a post-earthquake media centre in Haiti in January 2010. All this work was mainly for journalists, bloggers and media outside France and was counted as work done abroad.

The cost of fundraising was 5% of spending in 2010 and included:

  • The cost of appealing for donations (one appeal in 2010) and handling the results,
  • The cost of seeking private and public funding (salary costs).

Day-to-day operations were 10% of total spending.

We also received voluntary contributions in kind:

  • Free advertising in the media for our campaigns, worth €752,000
  • Gifts of materials worth €105,000
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The certified accounts 2010 of the two associations are avalaible on demand.






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