[Call for Proposals] Media freedom and investigative journalism

Deadline for applications: 20 January 2021 (Full call for proposals)

‍The European Union is making EUR 3.9 million available for actions to support media freedom and investigative journalism.

Media freedom and pluralism are essential pillars of any democracy and crucial conditions for an open and free democratic debate. They are enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (Article 11(2)).

Physical attacks on, online incitement and abusive lawsuits against, death threats to and, even, assassinations of investigative journalists in the EU have brought to the fore the dangers which investigative journalists often face and, consequently, the need to enhance their protection.

Journalists increasingly investigate issues of common interest to citizens of several Member States. However, such cross-border investigations tend to be complex and resource-intensive and often lack adequate funding.

While digital transformation has led to new working methods in the media sector and the emergence of a collaborative journalism community in Europe, it has also had a disruptive effect on all types of media, including news media. There is a clear need to promote quality journalism, to help journalists acquire the relevant skills and technological know-how and to support media freedom and media diversity in the European Union.

This call for proposals consists of three actions:
Action 1 – Pilot Project: A Europe-wide response mechanism for violations of press and media freedom
Action 2 – Preparatory Action: Cross-border investigative journalism fund
Action 3 – Pilot Project: Supporting investigative journalism and media freedom in the EU