Director: Martha Bouziouri

FORMAT: Web-based project
STAGE: In development / financing

MINDEPENDENCE is a cross-media project about media independence and freedom of expression in priority countries where these values are at stake.
The project’s core output will be a specialized online platform that will serve as a dynamic pool for knowledge sharing about the state of media independence in each priority country through original articles, interviews and documentary material.
MINDEPENDENCE was conceived with the aim to contribute to this particular challenge, both within Europe and beyond, by addressing the following aspects:
– local framework of media independence in each priority country
– fields of engagement and respective challenges of independent media organizations (e.g organized crime, corruption, human rights violations)
– identification of values and personal ethics from the reporters’ perspective
– identification of cases of abuse against journalists (threats, censorship, dismissals, detentions)

MINDEPENDENCE has teamed up with a vigorous network of journalists, researchers and media experts, as well as local and international institutions working in the fields of democracy and civic rights to further continue its development phase. We have already conducted preliminary research in three priority countries in EUROMENA – Hungary, Turkey and Egypt – selected on the basis of censorship, state control and violations of media pluralism.

The project has received a match fund by MitOst and Ernst Schering Foundation in the framework of the kultur-im-dialog program.
It is also supported by Tandem – Cultural Manager Exchange Network.