Strengthening Freedom of Expression Worldwide
Media4Democracy is an EU-funded Technical Assistance Facility strengthening the European Union Delegations’ ability to implement the EU Human Rights Guidelines on Freedom of Expression Online and Offline.
Our mission is to support the EU Delegations’ broad and coherent implementation of the EU Guidelines on Freedom of Expression and to help them to identify, design and implement appropriate near-, medium- and long-term actions.
Media4Democracy is based in Brussels and provides advocacy support and capacity building services to all EU Delegations (EUDs) worldwide, as well as customised technical support to individual EU Delegations.
The team of three senior experts also utilises and deploys a global network of leading freedom of expression and media professionals, working together to provide tailored support and expertise to E U Delegations.
Media4Democracy is backed by a Consortium of prominent European organisations from the field of freedom of expression, media development and democracy support: Article19, Deutsche Welle Akademie, European Partnership for Democracy, Free Press Unlimited and the Thomson Foundation.
Media4Democracy was established by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO) in January 2017 under the European Instrument for Democracy & Human Rights (EIDHR).
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION DRIVING DEMOCRACY AND DEVELOPMENT
Freedom of expression and pluralistic media have long been recognised as one of the important pillars of democracy. Supporting freedom of expression and open media are key elements of EU support for democracy and have a permanent place in the EU’s work in third countries.
Media4Democracy works with the EU Delegations to leverage their key roles in third countries in order to improve environments for freedom of expression and free media as a driver of both democracy and development.
Media4Democracy is a free-standing technical facility with a core team of experts based in Brussels.
The Media4Democracy consortium has six partners:
OUR GLOBAL NETWORK OF EXPERTS
Media4Democracy also utilises and deploys a network of leading freedom of expression and media experts who work together to provide tailored support and expertise to EU Delegations.
OUR COORDINATING PROGRAMMES
Media4Democracy works in coordination with a range of other programmes
- The EU ‘Pilot Exercise on Democracy Support’ that is guiding the implementation of the EU Agenda for Action on Democracy Support.
- The Technical Assistance contract Supporting Democracy – A Citizens’ Organisations Programme that focuses on the role of citizens’ organisations in democracy support.
- ProtectDefenders.eu that provides protection and emergency support to individual professional and non-professional journalists.
- The EIDHR Emergency Fund that can provide small grants directly to Human Rights Defenders in need of urgent support.
Media4Democracy coordinates with other projects and programmes in support of media and other activities funded by the EU or bilaterally by Member States, UNESCO or other donor agencies.