Celebrating free media heroes


Hosting Reporters Without Borders Free Expression Awards.

The Project

Our belief in freedom of expression and free independent media has always been a core value at 89up. So we were delighted that when global free-expression campaigners Reporters Without Borders wanted to move their prestigious Freedom of Expression awards event away from Paris to London, they came to us for help.

To help the organisation reach a new audience among English-language media, 89up supported RSF with everything from scouting the venue and on-the-night visuals to global media outreach. The event, honouring the courage and dedication of journalists around the world, was hosted by Channel 4’s Lindsey Hilsum, with live broadcast coverage by Al Jazeera and Agence France Presse. 

Over 90 separate news stories were generated, including BBC broadcasts, a full page profile interview in the Sunday Times, and international coverage in India, Canada and the Philippines.

"It's really special to work with an agency that shares our passion for free expression. 89up are unique in their commitment to working for positive social change, as well as being great to work with. They get right to the heart of what we do, delivering quality coverage for our campaigns and events both in the UK and internationally, as well as creating beautiful designs."
Rebecca Vincent
UK Bureau Director, Reporters Without Borders