Participation in this event is restricted to grantees of the IJ4EU Freelancer Support Scheme 2021.

Time: 10:30-12:00 CET

This session is tailored for investigative journalists and will provide participants with an overview of the digital threats they face and offer practical tips for securing themselves, their sources, their data and their devices. The session will look at account security and secure storage, secure research methods and safer forms of communication. Questions are encouraged throughout the session.


Ela Stapley is a digital security advisor working with the International Women’s Media Foundation helping them to shape their online harassment initiative. She is the coordinator of this course, Online harassment: strategies for journalists’ defence. Ela trains journalists around the globe on digital security issues and provides one-to-one support for media workers in need of emergency assistance. She is interested in finding ways to help journalists, especially freelancers, be engaged with digital safety and help them to be more secure as they go about their work. Ela is also part of the emergencies team at the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Prior to working in digital security, Ela was a freelance journalist and a teacher. She holds an MA in International Journalism from Britain’s Cardiff University.