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After Paris attacks, RSF launches operation "#opendoor for reporters"

RSF is launching operation #opendoor for foreign reporters who come to Paris to cover the aftermath of last Friday’s tragic events. We are opening our doors to journalists who need an office (with phone and WiFi connection), logistical support or language assistance.

Journalists work near the Bataclan concert hall the day after a series of deadly attacks in Paris, 14 November 2015
Journalists work near the Bataclan concert hall the day after a series of deadly attacks in Paris, 14 November 2015

REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 16 November 2015.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is launching operation #opendoor for foreign reporters who come to Paris to cover the aftermath of last Friday's tragic events. We are opening our doors to journalists who need an office (with phone and WiFi connection), logistical support or language assistance.

To the extent of our abilities, we will also help journalists who are seeking accommodation in Paris.

The operation is designed to assist journalists from media outlets with limited resources, so that they can operate in the French capital. Roving correspondents know how essential the help of fixers and local journalists can be in certain cities. RSF thinks it has a duty to show solidarity with reporters who have nowhere to turn in Paris.

RSF's headquarters is near the 10th and 11th arrondissements where both the 7 January attack on Charlie Hebdo and last Friday's attacks took place. Those who would like to benefit from operation #opendoor for reporters” can call us on +33 1 4483 8484 or email us at [email protected], providing evidence that they are journalists.

As a result of a grass-roots initiative called #porteouverte (#opendoor), launched at the suggestion of journalist Sylvain Lapoix, hundreds of Parisians offered their homes as a refuge during last Friday's attacks to those who were injured or who were stranded near the sites of the attacks and needed a place to stay.

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