International Committee of the Red Cross


The International Committee of the Red Cross is an impartial, neutral and independent organized dedicated to protecting the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence, and to providing them with assistance.


- Hotline - Assistance for Journalists on Dangerous Assignment: +41 79 217 32 85

- The ICRC aims to rapidly provide protection and assistance for a journalist who has been captured, arrested, or disappeared if it is given all details as quickly as possible. This hotline serves as a means of rapid communication.

- Legal basis: four Geneva Conventions of 1949 and Additional Protocol I of 1977


ICRC’s measures to protect journalists:

- For disappearance: seek to obtain information from the parties to the conflict and any other sources.

- Captivity or detention: request permission for an ICRC delegate to visit the journalist, accompanied by a doctor if necessary

- Distribute information on the status of the journalist to the authorities of origin and press associations concerned, with the consent of the family.

- Repatriate the journalist when released if no other intermediary is available


People who may alert the ICRC: the journalist’s family, the journalist’s editor, the journalist’s national press association, regional and international press associations.



The ICRC Public Relations Unit in Geneva, Switzerland:

+41 22 730 34 43