Our mission: Strengthening free, independent, professional journalism

Strengthening free, independent, professional journalism

We seek to develop journalism as an objective in itself, underpinned by the understanding that a free, independent and professional media is a basis for democracy and a right in itself asexpressed in Article 19 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

According to Fojo, professional journalism is characterized by accuracy, impartiality, fairness, independence and accountability. Thus, anyone producing and disseminating journalism according to these principles is seen as a potential contributor to free, independent and professional journalism.

Free, independent professional journalism and democracy

Despite the complexity of today’s media sector, a growing chorus of voices argues that supporting quality journalism is critical to sound democratic development. Free, independent, professional media not only serves as a watchdog on corruption and other kinds of abuse of power, but also as a source of accountability and a platform for civic participation and expression.

To an increasing extent, media not only transmits information but also provides platforms for dialogue, giving citizens the possibility to express themselves and give their input. New technology has thus expanded the scope of the traditional definition of media and radically changed the perception of what media is and what media can do. As media cuts across all sectors in society, the potential for impact – positive and negative – is greater than ever.

In this multi-voiced media landscape, free, independent and professional journalism has the ability to safeguard the description of a verifiable reality, and in doing so, exposes the falseness of disinformation that threatens the foundations of democracy.

Free, independent professional journalism and development

There is a clear correlation between media freedom and development. Media freedom is thus a vital economic and development issue. A free press helps build stronger and more effective institutions. Societies characterized by widespread access to information and by an independent press can experience less corruption, greater administrative efficiency, higher political stability and more effective rule of law, as well as better development outcomes such as higher per capita income, greater literacy, less economic inequality, lower mortality rates, and more public spending on health.

Adversely, lack of press freedom is strongly connected to higher levels of corruption and inequality.