The Open Society Foundations promote independent media and professional, quality journalism, especially in countries where media freedom is curtailed by those who hold political and economic power.
Comedy for a Cause
Jokes for Justice in Latin America
What role can humor play in promoting open society? In this video, Open Society Foundations grantees, staff, and partners explore how comedians and activists in Latin America use comedy to support human rights and democracy.
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.
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.
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.
Russia’s Presence in France Goes Deeper Than RT
While questions about the proper role of Russian state-backed media in France are important, the longstanding historical, cultural, and political links between the two countries are being overlooked.
The Theater Challenging One of the World’s Most Repressive Governments
The Belarus Free Theatre has long been a monument to democracy and human rights—and the target of one of the world’s worst dictatorships. Cofounder Natalia Kaliada explains why, despite the persecution, the show goes on.
Azerbaijan’s Wrong Turn
Authorities in Baku appear to be newly reinvigorated in their war on Azerbaijani dissidents living in exile. A recent alleged kidnapping and a new report each offer a disturbing reminder of this rising threat to human rights.
How Young Pakistanis Are Sharing Their World on Bolo Jawan
Weddings, politics, food, sport and more: a new website is giving young Pakistanis the opportunity to write about life from their point of view.