#ElectSafely Campaign

Protecting Journalists and Safeguarding Press Freedom during Contentious Election Cycles Worldwide

In 2024, 64 countries, representing nearly half the world’s population, are holding elections with varying degrees of openness. Globally – especially during elections – journalists are increasingly at risk, facing growing online abuse, hate, threats of violence, and other forms of intimidation. This violence undermines elections and democratic processes more broadly, making it more difficult and dangerous for journalists to report truthfully, provide information, and hold those in power and running for office accountable. 

We can’t stress it enough: Online violence is a direct and urgent threat to press freedom.

In response to these unprecedented risks facing journalists globally in 2024, the Coalition Against Online Violence (CAOV) is launching the #ElectSafely campaign. Through this campaign, we’re empowering journalists, media professionals and newsrooms during a particularly contentious election year with resources and guidance from our community to protect and defend against online abuse and other election safety challenges and intimidation tactics. As members of CAOV, we are committed to providing resources for journalists at the forefront of election coverage – and the forefront of online abuse.

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The #ElectSafely campaign is organized by the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), PEN America, and Right to Be. The Coalition Against Online Violence is funded by Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Emerson Collective, Knight Foundation and Luminate Group – and was founded by the International Women’s Media Foundation.