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EJC Joins Press Freedom Consortium

9 December 2009 | PROJECT NEWS


Five Dutch nonprofit organisations have joined together to strengthen press freedom around the world. The partnership, called Press Freedom 2.0, includes World Press Photo, European Journalism Centre, European Partnership for Democracy, People on a Mission and Free Press Unlimited. 

The EJC joined the Press Freedom 2.0 consortium to help build local professional journalism capacity, raise ethical standards and improve media literacy in developing countries. Each Dutch development organisation involved has worldwide networks, which can now be linked. The resulting collaborative climate will be the best possible environment for the sustainable strengthening of independent media on a local level. Press Freedom 2.0 also wishes to amplify the voices of minorities, women and children in local news spaces. In recent months, the alliance has been working intensely with dozens of local partners in the global south on a 34m euro grant request to work in that area.   

The grant request is being proposed through a new co-financing system (MFS II), which runs from 2011 until 2015. The system aims to spur the actions of Dutch social organisations that work toward structural poverty reduction.

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.