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The Open Society Foundations promote independent media and professional, quality journalism, especially in countries undergoing a process of democratization.

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Building a Citizen-Driven Media for the African Continent

Journalists and entrepreneurs are coming up with new ways to inform and connect their fellow citizens. A novel initiative seeks to bring these innovators together for the benefit of all.

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Joint Letter: Support for ECHR Grand Chamber Referral in Sinkova v. Ukraine

A joint letter from 22 organizations supporting freedom of expression, sent to support a Grand Chamber review of the ECHR’s Sinkova v. Ukraine ruling.

Event
How Disinformation Spreads: Social Media’s Impact on Italy’s Elections

Alexandre Alaphilippe from EU DisinfoLab and fact-checker David Puente discuss how civil society cooperation helped monitor and counter online disinformation during the elections.

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Q&A: The Upstart Newspaper Exposing Corruption in Afghanistan

Seizing the opportunity created by a severe lack of independent news organizations, a group of young people in Kabul are using journalism to hold corrupt government officials accountable for abusing their power.

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Implementation of the EU–Moldova Association Agreement: Views from Civil Society

In the run-up to the next EU–Moldova Association Council in April, this discussion will provide an assessment of Moldova’s implementation of the Association Agreement/Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area.

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Journalism Needs Freelancers, and Freelancers Need Protection

Despite often working out of the spotlight, freelancers play an indispensable role in journalism today. News organizations, and readers, must do more to ensure their safety.