The Eastern Partnership region has been affected during the last 20 years by political and economic instability. The population of these countries has been subjected to social insecurity, radical changes of paradigms, and social status.
There is no state censorship in Ukraine and the country has a pluralistic media landscape. Consequently, Ukraine moved up 22 places in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index and now ranks 107 out of 180 countries. At the same time, Ukrainian journalism is going through a difficult post-revolutionary phase in which its own rôle in society needs to be redefined.
Fojo intends to reinforce existing networks in Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine and other Eastern European countries through connecting them with national professional networks. Individual media organisations will stand stronger in their efforts to advocate for free, independent, professional media. Additionally, the networks will be essential to further develop essential skills in management, technical and journalistic performance.
Assistance to improve media management and business models is closely connected to the digital solutions on offer. These solutions will be tailored to the needs of each selected media house. Fojo’s work in this region will be focused on improving journalism quality and reducing costs.
Challenges for independent news media houses are both profound and global and thus valid for all countries targeted in the Fojo programme. There is a deeply felt need to exchange experiences and engage in broad discussions on how independent media can overcome these challenges and we are hoping to offer forums and places for these kinds of exchanges between media professionals.