Press Release: Free Our Media! project gathers young media professionals and activists to come up with tools to stand up for journalists’ free expression

Participants at Free Our Media

From April 29 to May 3, 2015, a group of young journalists representing 15 countries will gather in Podgorica, Montenegro to actively discover tools to stand up for European media freedom. The training is part of the project “Free Our Media! Media Freedom in Europe – Limited Edition?” organised by the European Youth Press, and its member organisation Mladiinfo Montenegro.

This is the first in three events that will lead to developing a concrete strategy to enhance media freedom in different countries. Media professionals and activists aged between 18 and 30 from Germany, Denmark, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Armenia, Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania will act as Media Freedom Ambassadors to carry out the project.

These young media professionals will take the results of the training in Podgorica to their local communities, to actively engage different stakeholders in a conversation about fighting for media freedom across Europe. The main aim of the project is to gather participants’ contributions into a stunning comic book illustrating how media freedom can be used as a tool for journalists and policy-makers.

“Living in Ukraine has had a significant influence on me because as a journalist, I have had to work in an unsustainable environment where media freedom was rather rare. During the revolution of 2013-2014, journalists worked together in order to bring freedom to the country and to our profession, and we succeeded. Nevertheless, I realise that many problems remain, and we have to fight them. We need to have a strategy to improve the situation and spread freedom, making it an irreplaceable part of societies in different countries.” – Anna Romandash, 22

The training in Podgorica will end in celebration of the U.N. World Press Freedom Day on May 3.
An online platform, supported by the London-based CSO Index on Censorship, will provide tools and ressources to report media freedom violations and continue the discussion and the long-term strategy developed in Podgorica. The discussion can be followed on social media by using the hashtag #FreeOurMedia.

The European Youth Press is a network of young media makers and member organisations in 26 countries across Europe. This project was made possible through the generous support of the European Youth Foundation of the European Commission.

For more information contact project coordinator Anna Saraste (a.saraste@youthpress.org) or contact person for first training Milica Zugic, Mladiinfo Montenegro at: +382 68 569 146.

 

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