There is no limit to the number of members per country or to the total number of members.
General membership in GFMD is open to independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisations, the work of which focuses significantly on the journalism and media support sector.
In assessing compliance with the previous criteria, GFMD focuses on the work and activities of organisations rather than on their particular structure or formal status, for example as legally registered entities.
Independence implies independence from government, from any political party and from any singular vested political, economic or religious interest. Independence includes independence in governing structure, in funding, in policy matters, in positions taken on different issues and in other ways.
Affiliate members are journalism and media organisations, partners and grantees of GFMD general members and other organisations associated with existing GFMD members, whether general or affiliate, who have less than 250 employees and an annual turnover of less than €2 million.
All organisations that attended the 2008 World Conference and signed the GFMD founding document were inducted into GFMD at that time and, as such, they were entered into the register of general members that was prepared by the GFMD Secretariat and confirmed by the Steering Committee at its first meeting after the 2008 World Conference.
The form shall include information about an organisation's aims and objectives, its finances, governing structure, legal status, journalism and media support work and indicate what sort of membership the organisation is seeking (i.e. general or affiliate).
For affiliate members, the recommendation should make specific reference to the editorial and ethical standards that the applicant observes.
Annual fees are due on 1 January each year and must be paid by 1 May, failing which the member shall be considered to be in arrears.
Members that have not paid their GFMD membership fees for more than one year (i.e. by 1 January of the following year) will no longer have access to GFMD services (such as member-only events, content & member-only email list).
b) The member has not paid annual membership fees for more than fifteen months, provided that at least two reminders have been sent, one in the period of December-January prior to the fifteen months cut-off.
A member who has been suspended shall no longer have rights associated with membership.
An organisation which has been expelled from the GFMD shall have no rights vis-à-vis the GFMD although it may, like any other organisation, apply for membership at any time.
The Steering Committee may, upon a special application of the Membership Committee, decide not to terminate membership notwithstanding sub-article 4.6.1 where the Steering Committee deems this to be appropriate, for example where the conditions for termination came about due to political interference in the organisation.
Upon termination, the rights of the member vis-à-vis GFMD automatically cease to exist.