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Sectors: Culture - Media, Economy - Finances

Beneficiaries: Research centres, SMEs

Regions: European Union, Worldwide

Category: Call for proposals

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Funds for: Contributing to the diversification and quality improvement in news gathering and dissemination underlying the promotion of pluralism and democracy in Belarus
Main beneficiaries: Non-profit-making organisations, CSOs, NGOs

Responsible: European Commission

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Funds for: Contributing to the diversification and quality improvement in news gathering and dissemination underlying the promotion of pluralism and democracy in Belarus
Main beneficiaries: Non-profit-making organisations, CSOs, NGOs

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Objectives
* To contribute to the diversification and quality improvement in news gathering and dissemination underlying the promotion of pluralism and democracy in the Belarusian society;
* To increase media professionals’ capacities in quality reporting; supporting financial self-sustainability of non-state media for them to provide for their core activities;
* To enhance the capacities of the entities working in favour of free and diverse flow of information in Belarus through advocacy and policy dialogue

Priorities
* To mitigate the impact that adopted the amendment to the law “On the mass media” has already produced or will produce on the activities of non-state media in Belarus

Among financed actions
* Training for journalists reporting on Belarus to increase the quality of reporting (with a specific focus on investigative journalism and training on how to address gender equality and how to refrain from gender stereotypes in reporting);
* Thematic trainings for media representatives on issues related to European Union;
* Study trips (or similar events) for EU media representatives to Belarus (and the other way round) to improve knowledge of and enhance contacts for reporting on Belarus and the European Union;
* Advocacy campaigns in favour of a more enabling legal environment (notably less strict accreditation policy);
* Preparation of evidence-based reports in the field of free and diverse flow of information to contribute to policy dialogue;
* Legal services for non-state media, both regarding advocacy activities and financial management of the media outlet;
* Technical support for non-state media to improve the quality of their products, thus making them more attractive for advertisements;
* Material and legal support to journalists

Additional information
* This call for proposals in an open call for proposals

* Initial duration of the action: between 36 and 60 months

* Eligibility:
– Be a legal person or an entity without legal personality;
– Be non-profit-making;
– Be a specific type of organisation such as CSOs, including non-governmental non-profit organisations and independent political foundations; community-based organisations, and private sector non-profit agencies, institutions and organisations, and networks thereof at local, national, regional and international levels;
– Entities without legal personality must be based/have strong links and operational capacities in Belarus and respect the same rules of nationality

– Actions must take place in Belarus or actions must directly benefit Belarusian society