Reporters Without Borders

Who we are ?

Published on Wednesday 12 September 2012. Updated on Monday 10 March 2014.
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  1. Freedom of Information
  2. Background
  3. Our missions
  4. Key Figures
  5. Worldwide presence


Freedom of expression and of information will always be the world’s most important freedom. If journalists were not free to report the facts, denounce abuses and alert the public, how would we resist the problem of children-soldiers, defend women’s rights, or preserve our environment? In some countries, torturers stop their atrocious deeds as soon as they are mentioned in the media. In others, corrupt politicians abandon their illegal habits when investigative journalists publish compromising details about their activities. Still elsewhere, massacres are prevented when the international media focuses its attention and cameras on events.

Freedom of information is the foundation of any democracy. Yet almost half of the world’s population is still denied it.


Reporters Without Borders was founded in Montpellier (France) in 1985 by four journalists: Robert Ménard, Rémy Loury, Jacques Molénat and Émilien Jubineau. This association, registered as a non-profit organisation in France since 1995, soon took on an international dimension.

Under the direction of Christophe Deloire, Reporters Without Borders organised its team of researchers by geographical area. The organization also gradually developed two essential and highly specialised spheres of activity: one focused on Internet Censorship and the New Media, and the other devoted to providing material, financial and psychological assistance to journalists assigned to dangerous areas.

Reporters Without Borders is registered in France as a non-profit organisa- tion and has consultant status at the United Nations and UNESCO.

  • Reporters Without Borders’ Awards

> In 2013, Reporters Without Borders wins the Freedom of Speech Award from the International Association od Press Clubs (IAPC). The organization receives the prize in Warsaw in the presence of the former Polish president Lech Walesa.

> In 2012, Reporters Without Borders receives the "Club Internacional de Prensa" Award, in Madrid.

> In 2009, the Roland Berger Human Dignity Award is won by Reporters Without Borders.

The same year, the organization receives the "Médaille Charlemagne" for European Media.

> In 2008, The Arab American Institute Foundation presented Kahlil Gibran Awards to Reporters Without Borders (Award for Institutional Excellence).

> In January 2007, Reporters Without Borders receives the Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award, set by Taiwan Foundation for Democracy.

> In 2006, the Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences (United States), granted an International Emmy Award to Reporters Without Borders for defending freedom of expression. The organization also received the Antonio Asensio Prize for freedom of expression presented by the King of Spain.

> In 2005, the organisation won the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for "Freedom of Thought."
This same year, the organization receives the prize "pour la Tolérance" Marcel Rudloff.

> In 1997, the Parliament Assembly of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe), awards Reporters Without Borders the “Journalism and Democracy” Prize.

> In 1992, Reporters Without Borders receives Lorenzo Natali Prize, awarded by the European Commission.


  • To continuously monitor attacks on freedom of information worldwide;
  • To denounce any such attacks in the media;
  • To act in cooperation with governments to fight censorship and laws aimed at restricting freedom of information;
  • To morally and financially assist persecuted journalists, as well as their families.
  • To offer material assistance to war correspondents in order to enhance their safety.


  • Correspondents in 150 countries;
  • Annual budget of 500,000 euros in assistance funds;
  • 2010 budget: 4.3 million euros;
  • Over 1,000 press releases issued yearly on violations of freedom of information;
  • 3 photo albums published per year, averaging annual sales of 150,000 copies;
  • Its website,, registers 350,000 unique visitors and 750,000 page views monthly.


Reporters Without Borders’ activities are carried out on five continents through its network of over 150 correspondents, its national sections, and its close collaboration with local and regional press freedom groups. Reporters Without Borders currently has 10 offices and sections worldwide.

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