Reporters Without Borders International (RSF)

In some countries a journalist can be thrown in prison for years for a single offending word or photo. Jailing or killing a journalist removes a vital witness to events and threatens the right of us all to be informed. Reporters Without Borders has fought for press freedom on a daily basis since it was founded in 1985. Reporters Without Borders: 1) Defends journalists and media assistants imprisoned or persecuted for doing their job and exposes the mistreatment and torture of them in many countries. 2) Fights against censorship and laws that undermine press freedom. 3) Gives financial aid each year to 100 or so journalists or media outlets in difficulty (to pay for lawyers, medical care and equipment) as well to the families of imprisoned journalists. 4) Works to improve the safety of journalists, especially those reporting in war zones.

To promote press freedom and the protection of journalists.

  • Civil Society
  • Human Rights
  • Humanitarian Protection
  • Judicial and Legal Reform
  • Media


  • Policy advice
  • Project support services
  • Technical assistance
Description of activities
Providing model draft legislation for media.
Advising emerging media
Technical support for emerging media.

Human Rights

RSF defends and promotes freedom of expression and the press as it is described in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • Policy advice
Description of activities
Representation at the UN Human Rights Council and participation in its activities / Worldwide

  • Americas
    • North America
      • United States of America
      • Canada
  • Europe
    • Northern Europe
      • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
      • Sweden
      • Denmark
    • Western Europe
      • Switzerland
      • Germany
      • France
      • Belgium
Reporters Without Borders International (RSF)
Passage de la Radio 2
Geneva 1205
Non-governmental organisation
Paris, France
More than 10 years
Between 250.000 to 1 million CHF per annum
Passage de la Radio 2
Geneva 1205

The Swiss Branch of Reporters Without Borders (RSF)carries out the mandate of the organisation in Switzerland on behalf of the international headquarters in Paris. It is autonomous and has its own membership. It represents RSF International at the international organisations in Geneva, notably the UN Human Rights Council. The representative to these organisations is a volunteer, member of the committee of the Swiss Branch.

Jean-François Juillard
Secretary General
George Gordon-Lennox
UN Geneva Representative