Access Info Europe

Access Info Europe is a human rights organisation dedicated to promoting and protecting the right of access to information in Europe as a tool for defending civil liberties and human rights, for facilitating public participation in decision making, and for holding governments accountable.

Council of Europe

The Council of Europe is an intergovernmental organisation, established in 1949 which aims to protect human rights, pluralist democracy and the rule of law as well as to consolidate democratic stability in Europe by backing political, legislative and constitutional reform.

It also promotes awareness and encourages the development of Europe’s cultural identity and diversity and works to find common solutions to the challenges facing European society: discrimination against minorities, xenophobia, intolerance, bioethics and cloning, terrorism, trafficking in human beings, organised crime and corruption, cybercrime, violence against children, etc.

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1981. We promote press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal.

European Broadcasting Union (EBU)

EBU is the world's foremost alliance of public service media with 73 members in 56 countries and 36 Associate Members in Asia, Africa and the Americas. Its mission is to make Public Service Media indispensable.

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)

The International Federation of Journalists is the world's largest organisation of journalists. First established in 1926, it was relaunched in 1946 and again, in its present form, in 1952. Today the Federation represents around 600.000 members in more than 100 countries.

The IFJ promotes international action to defend press freedom and social justice through strong, free and independent trade unions of journalists. The IFJ is the organisation that speaks for journalists within the United Nations system and within the international trade union movement. The IFJ supports journalists and their unions whenever they are fighting for their industrial and professional rights and has established an International Safety Fund to provide humanitarian aid for journalists in need.

International Media Support (IMS)

International Media Support (IMS) is a non-profit organisation working to support local media in countries affected by armed conflict, human insecurity and political transition. In more than 30 countries worldwide, IMS helps to strengthen professional journalism and ensure that media can operate in challenging circumstances.

International Press Institute (IPI)

The mission of the International Press Institute is to improve press freedom, the free flow of news and the practise of journalism. Each year IPI examines the state of the media in over 180 countries and publishes the World Press Freedom Review, an authoritative report on media violations around the world.

Media Development Center, Sofia

Media Development Center (MDC), Sofia, Bulgaria is a non-profit, non-partisan organization established in 1998 to promote independent media in Bulgaria. Main media non-profit organization in Bulgaria active in the fields of journalism training, media research and networking and also providing services such as organizing media events, journalism study trips and competitions, stringing, media monitoring, etc.

The Center fosters capacity-building of the media by encouraging good practice in journalism, stimulating the professional ethics, institutionalizing the dialogue among the state administration, the media and the NGO sector. MDC also aims to boost the networking and cross-border cooperation in the region of Southeast Europe.

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, based in Vienna, observes media developments in all 56 OSCE participating States. The position was established in December 1997 in order to ensure a high level of commitment with the norms and standards accepted by the OSCE participating states.

The Representatives provides early warning on violations of freedom of expression and promotes full compliance with OSCE press freedom commitments. He observes media developments in these 56 OSCE participating states with a view of providing early warning on violations of freedom of expression. The Representative's second main task is to assist participating States by advocating and promoting full compliance with OSCE principles and commitments regarding freedom of expression and free media.

Reporters without Borders

Reporters Without Borders defends journalists and media assistants imprisoned or persecuted for doing their job and exposes the mistreatment and torture of them in many countries. It also fights against censorship and laws that undermine press freedom.

Reporters Without Borders is present in all five continents through its national branches (in Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland), its offices in New York, Tokyo and Washington, and the more than 120 correspondents it has in other countries. The organisation also works closely with local and regional press freedom groups that are members of the Reporters Without Borders Network, in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Burma, Colombia, Democratic Congo, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Peru, Romania, Russia, Somalia, the United States and Tunisia. Reporters Without Borders is registered in France as a non-profit organisation and has consultant status at the United Nations.

South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO)

SEEMO is a regional media organisation, affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI).

SEEMO is regional non-profit network of editors, media executives and leading journalists from newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, new media and news agencies from South East and Central Europe.

SEEMO is active in Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland, Romania, Ukraine and Turkey, as well as Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99).

South East European Network for Professionalization of Media (SEENPM)

SEENPM is established in 2000 and unites 18 leading non-profit media centers in the region: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and Romania as well as Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99).

SEENPM promotes excellence in journalism through policy initiatives, research and training. Its activities are based on the belief that joint commitment and cooperation are pivotal to the development of independent media, the strengthening of relations among journalists, and overall progress in the region. Since its establishment in has implemented a wide range of journalism training, exchange, and media policy research and advocacy projects. Several thousand media professionals have benefited from these opportunities.

World Association of Newspapers (WAN)

The World Association of Newspapers groups 72 national newspaper associations, individual newspaper executives in 100 nations, 13 news agencies and nine regional press organisations.

World Press Freedom Committee (WPFC)

The World Press Freedom Committee is a coordination group of national and international news media organizations.

The World Press Freedom Committee has provided leadership for more than 30 years in the fight against licensing of journalists, mandatory codes of conduct, mandatory tasks for journalists and other news controls.

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