BRUSSELS - This Manual has been prepared with the intention of providing basic information about the issue of human trafficking, particularly trafficking in women, to all those who write or wish to write about this problem. The handbook has been supported by Journalismfund Europe's Modern Slavery Unveiled programme

The aim is to offer essential information about the problem itself, along with recommendations for writing, all to present the issue as accurately as possible and inform the public in the interest of the victims of human trafficking and all those who work with them.

The Manual is based on over two decades of experience of the non-governmental organization ASTRA in addressing the issue of human trafficking. This experience primarily involves providing support to over 600 victims of human trafficking, as well as engaging in preventive and educational work with at-risk groups and professionals in institutions. Additionally, it includes efforts to influence the shaping of legislative frameworks and policies aimed at combating human trafficking.

Furthermore, in addition to providing definitions and historical context, the third expanded and updated edition of the Manual for Journalists offers a general overview of the situation and new trends related to human trafficking both domestically and globally. Professionals who have been engaged in investigative journalism in the field of human trafficking or who contribute in other ways to the prevention and suppression of this problem have been involved in writing this edition. The publication is enriched with authorial texts related to investigative work on some of the huge cases of human trafficking for labor exploitation that have occurred in contemporary Europe. Additionally, it delves into a more detailed examination of risk factors such as war and economic migrations.

Adequate media reporting on this issue is highly significant for dispelling prejudices, raising public awareness, preventing future recruitment, and improving the quality of assistance and the reintegration process for individuals who have managed to escape from the human trafficking chain. We believe that this is in our common interest.

In the electronic version, three chapters of the handbook have been singled out, as they are assessed to be the most useful for novice journalists who are just beginning to address this topic.

Download the expanded edition of HUMAN TRAFFICKING - MANUAL FOR JOURNALISTS here.

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News Deserts on the Rise: A First Comparative Study Indicates the Fragile Situation for Local Media Across the EU


ONLINE - The study “Uncovering news deserts in Europe. Risks and opportunities for local and community media in the EU” by the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) was published today. This research detects challenges and opportunities for local and community media in the 27 EU Member States, analysing the news deserts phenomenon from a holistic perspective. 

PluPro Project

PluPro Project: Multifaceted Support for European Cross-border Investigative Journalism


BRUSSELS/PRAGUE - The PluPro project will distribute 2,230,000 euros among journalists and media (national and local) in Europe  to set up transnational investigations together. At the same time, journalists and media can receive newsroom training, scholarships and mentoring in addition to financial support.