The CMDS, in partnership with the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) at the European University Institute, conducted a collaborative project aimed at strengthening practical support mechanisms for journalists in Europe. This project responded to the growing need to safeguard media freedom, freedom of expression and freedom of information rights in the EU and across Europe, as guaranteed by the EU Charter for Fundamental Rights, and according to the standards of the Council of Europe and OSCE.
Specifically, this project focused on enhancing legal support and resources for European journalists and media outlets facing threats and violations of their editorial freedoms and freedom of expression rights.
Over the course of the project, the CMDS/CMPF team developed: (1) an international network of lawyers and NGOs that provide legal support and financial assistance to journalists facing legal problems; (2) tools for journalists to help facilitate their understanding of regulatory and legal parameters related to their newsgathering, reporting and publishing activities; (3) a comprehensive, interactive and publicly accessible database monitoring violations to press freedom, and information of country-specific laws, policies, and case law related to specific aspects of journalistic practices; (4) cross-border networks across journalists training activities; (5) and support for new modes of journalism, by awarding the best European initiative on online investigative journalism.
This project was co-financed by the European Commission, under the Commission’s European Centre for Press and Media Freedom pilot program framework. CMDS/CMPF also worked in collaboration with additional organizations selected to lead projects under this pilot program, including the International Press Institute, Index on Censorship, Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso (Fondazione Opera Campana dei Caduti), and the South East Europe Media Organisation. For more information on projects co-financed by the European Commission's European Center for Press and Media Freedom Pilot Program, see: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/european-centre-press-and-media-freedom-results-2013-call-proposals