Strengthening the pluralism of independent media in the Southern Neighbourhood

Project Duration
36 months
3,000,000 EUR

Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia

Brief description

to strengthen media pluralism, contributing to democratisation, in the EU Southern Neighbourhood.

Project objective/s

The specific objective is to strengthen the survival, diversity, effectiveness, and sustainability of alternative and/or independent media actors.

The main target groups of the action will be new and existing alternative and/or independent media actors based in the EU Southern Neighbourhood, Neighbours of the Neighbours or abroad for registration and/ or security purposes, yet, primarily targeting the audience in the MENA region.

Direct beneficiaries of the project will include:
• Small, start-up media initiatives both registered and unregistered (including digital);
• Larger, professional independent media outlets in need of core support to operate and ensure a certain level of sustainability;
• Independent journalists, writers, and influencers, including bloggers and social media activists;
• Media related initiatives such as organisations working on fact-checking, monitoring violence

Actions in brief

Activity 1: Outreach activities

Activity 2: Coaching of grant applicants

Activity 3: Approval, contracting and disbursement of grants

  • Core support or bridge funding for alternative and/or independent media actors to continue their activities;
  • Emergency support to local alternative and/or independent media actors to respond to specific urgent needs;
  • Support to newly established alternative and/or independent media actors;
  • Support to new formats, innovative tools and new types of media activities, including social media and digital projects, for diverse target audiences;
  • Gap-filling support to media outlets or journalists operating including those operating in a politically sensitive environment.

Activity 4: Monitoring of the implementation and results achieved with the grants, Approval of Narrative and Financial Reports and subsequent disbursements
Activity 5: Coaching of grantees and support in networking and advocating at EU level.