The first project of UNDEF's Eighth Round of Funding was signed on 9 September 2014, one of some 50 new initiatives that will be launched by UNDEF in this new Round. The project will work to strengthen independent journalism in Libya, so that local citizens have better access to information about the country’s democratic process even amid considerable security challenges. Implemented by the Rory Peck Trust together with local partners, the project will train a core group of freelance journalists in freelance tradecraft and safety skills. This will be developed into an online resource, providing all freelance journalists in Libya with access to information that can assist them in producing more professional and ethical content, safely and securely.
The recent murders of freelance journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and the growing restrictions on the media in a range of countries, make even more relevant and important the work, courage and safety of independent journalists worldwide. The London-based Rory Peck Trust is the world's only organization dedicated fully to to supporting and assising freelance newsgatherers. It was established in memory of Rory Peck, the pioneering freelance cameraman who covered the wars in the Gulf, Bosnia and Afghanistan and helped to found FrontlineTelevision News, a London-based co-operative of freelance cameramen He was killed in crossfire in Moscow in 1993 while filming a gun battle outside the Ostankino television station.