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EJC Awarded Five Year Strategic Partnership with Dutch Ministry

3 February 2015 | PRESS RELEASE


Press release
The European Journalism Centre
3 February 2015

The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced 30 January that the European Journalism Centre, in alliance with Amsterdam-based Free Press Unlimited, was selected as a Strategic Partner in the Ministry’s new development aid programme for the period 2016 - 2021.

A total of 25 Dutch-led civil society consortia were selected for funding through “Dialogue and Dissent’, an advocacy-strengthening policy approach the Foreign Ministry is taking toward aid to low and middle income countries.  The new programme allows EJC to continue to build upon its support of media education and access to independent information through further professionalisation of journalists and media actors so that they can better serve the interests of society.

In its assessment letter the Ministry wrote: “This application combines the forces of Free Press Unlimited on media development, with emphasis on youth and women, fragile and repressive states and of the European Journalism Centre in the fields of journalism training and technology development.”

“We are very pleased to have been selected for this important partnership with the Ministry” said EJC Director Wilfried Ruetten. “It gives EJC the opportunity to continue to broaden our work through knowledge and resource sharing with the wider media community, while playing a role in affecting positive societal change in countries with developing media landscapes”.

In the coming months the alliance will focus on shaping the cooperation details with the Ministry with an expected start date of January 2016.

For further info please contact:
European Journalism Centre: Marjan Tillmans:
Free Press Unlimited: Michelle Klünder:

MFSII - Press Freedom 2.0
A five-year, international media development initiative, Press Freedom 2.0 aims to support democratic development by empowering civil society, citizens, and local media organisations through the implementation of local media projects. Conducted by a Dutch consortium, the Press Freedom initiative offers a range of trainings and activities specifically tailored to the needs of 11 selected countries.