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.
Strength in Numbers
Q&A: How Collaborative Journalism Defeats Censorship
Responding to increasingly violent attacks on reporters all over the world, the organization Forbidden Stories brings journalists together to amplify the stories that enemies of a free press want to keep hidden.
A Hopeful Story About a Sad Little Fact
Do facts matter in a world where powerful people lie with regularity? A new animated short takes a look at this fundamental question from an unexpected angle.
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.