Reporters Without Borders

Income and expenditure

Published on Monday 30 June 2008. Updated on Monday 11 May 2009.
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State of accounts at 31 December 2007 | Use of funding


The organisation’s finances in 2007 focused on raising money to expand activities and cushion the burden of buying new headquarters in Paris. All unspent dedicated funding was transferred to a “money for projects” heading, to support the organisation’s declared aims and be available to meet various needs. This once-off operation increased the 2007 surplus by €1,304,000.

The combined income of Reporters Without Borders and Reporters Without Borders International in 2007 was €5,842,327 and expenditure €4,087,890, making a surplus of €1,754,437. Not counting the transfer of the dedicated funding and based on the previous method of calculation, income rose 16 per cent over the year to €4,538,327 and expenditure 17 per cent to €4,507,890, after inclusion of €420,000 in dedicated funds.

All figures are based on budgetary execution to make them clearer and also easier to compare year-on-year. Detailed 2007 figures are presented separately.
(more on 2007 figures)

The main work of Reporters Without Borders is research and publicity campaigns to expose press freedom violations and lobby the international media with the goal of freeing imprisoned journalists, helping censored papers to publish and ensuring those responsible for serious abuses against media workers are punished.

Research involves collecting and analysing information about press freedom violations around the world, organising fact-finding missions and monitoring the plight of journalists in prison.

When press freedom is seriously threatened in a country, Reporters Without Borders sends fact-finding and assistance missions to learn more about working conditions for the media there, investigate cases of imprisoned or murdered journalists and meet with the authorities.

The assistance fund enables us to give emergency medical, legal or material aid to journalists and media outlets in difficulty.

Publicity campaigns work to inform the public and put pressure on governments which do not respect to right to report the news and to be kept informed of events.

Two annual reports, the worldwide press freedom roundup and the press freedom index - measure the amount of freedom journalists and the media have. They have become key references for everyone concerned about this issue.

We published three books of photographs in 2007 - on 3 May (World Press Freedom Day), in September and on 10 December (Jailed Journalists Support Day and Human Rights Day).

The big increase in the cost of day-to-day operations is because of the higher subsidy by the French branch to Reporters Without Borders International and the cost of buying our new headquarters.

Self-generated funding

This rose 20% in 2007, to €2,577,730, and accounted for 58% of our total income (up from 57% in 2006).

It came from:

  • Sales of three books of photographs (230,000 copies) and three year-end calendars. This income was up 24% on 2006 and accounted for 80% of self-generated funds. The popularity of the Yann Arthus-Bertrand book (96,000 sold) made up for the less successful one about the 60th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival and for the effect of the delayed publication (10 December instead of the second half of November) of the book “100 Photographs by Sabine Weiss for press freedom.”
  • Advertising in the three books (18% of self-generated funds).
  • Income from the use of the Reporters Without Borders name on various products.

Private donors

Donations by French and foreign private foundations and firms remained at about the same level as 2006 thanks to support from new institutions, such as the Sigrid Rausing Trust, and two once-off sources - the Chti (a guide to the Lille region of France) and the prize-money of the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy’s 2006 Asia Democracy & Human Rights Award which was won by Reporters Without Borders. This extra funding made up for fewer donations from private funds, which were a record in 2006.

The main companies helping Reporters Without Borders were Sanofi Aventis and the French distribution firm CFAO. The main foundations were the Soros Foundation, the Center for a Free Cuba, the US National Endowment for Democracy, the Sigrid Rausing Trust, the Overbrook Foundation and the Fondation de France.

Private donors accounted for 20% of the combined Reporters Without Borders income, down from 24% in 2006.

Public grants

These increased to 12% of total funding in 2007 (up from 9% in 2006) and came from the French prime minister’s office, the French foreign ministry, the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, the European Commission and UNESCO.

Some partners give us vital help in kind:

The books of photographs are made possible by a network of partners:

The French organisations NMPP, SNDP and UNDP and the Relay and Interforum Editis press-handling firms distribute the books free of charge.

France Loisirs takes no commission to sell them to its members through its bookshops and in its catalogue.

The books are also sold by the French leisure chains and supermarkets Fnac, Carrefour, Casino, Monoprix and Cora, the websites alapage.com, fnac.com and amazon.fr, as well as A2Presse and more than 300 bookshops throughout France.

The advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi designs and conducts all the Reporters Without Borders publicity campaigns free of charge.

Many media outlets give us valuable help throughout the year with free advertising for our publicity campaigns.

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