Central and Eastern Europe

SERBIA 2018

Challenging the Culture of Impunity for Past Atrocities

Humanitarian Law Center

$50,000

To raise awareness about war crimes committed during the 1990s by high ranking public officials, journalists, and military leaders from Serbia, and contribute to the process of holding the perpetrators accountable. The organization will continue to gather information and evidence about individuals who have committed war crimes and use a variety of media – including reports, an interactive website, and documentary films – to pressure relevant state and international institutions to initiate criminal proceedings against them.

Dealing with the Past in Vojvodina

Vojvodina Civic Center

$39,000

To raise awareness about human rights abuses committed in Vojvodina and advance public debate on dealing with the past. The organization will expand its media project that documents stories of human rights abuses during the wars in the 1990s. It will create an arts and literature program to stimulate broader youth engagement in reconciliation initiatives, and will increase its outreach through public events on human rights issues.

Encouraging Critical Thinking and Open Debate in Media

Hourglass

$45,000

To foster public debate on key social, political, and economic topics related to Serbia’s democratic transition. As part of a popular multimedia program providing a forum for open discussion and commentary by prominent policy makers, civic and political leaders, journalists, and academics, the organization will produce video clips, radio shows, and original articles for a leading e-magazine that is influential across the region.

Encouraging Debate on Euro-Atlantic Integration

Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies

$50,000

To advocate for Euro-Atlantic integration and encourage debate on potential security concerns posed by malign foreign influence. The think tank will document and assess possible security issues by mapping the major channels of Russian and Chinese influence in the country and by monitoring Russian companies’ financial support for suspect groups and activities. It will promote the findings through policy briefs and events bringing together domestic and international policymakers.

Encouraging Professional Media Reporting

Novi Sad School of Journalism

$50,000

To encourage professional media reporting. The NGO will engage journalists and media professionals to monitor the country’s key print, online, and televised media outlets. The nonpartisan project’s related website will publish articles and analytical reports on false reporting and disinformation in the media to generate discussion on media standards with the general public. The NGO’s team of media professionals will also train emergent young journalists in fact-checking, media literacy, and ethical reporting.

Fostering Objective and Professional Reporting

Bureau for Social Research

$50,000

To foster objective and professional media reporting. Using a proven methodology, the organization will carry out a media monitoring program to raise awareness regarding the quality of political affairs coverage by key national outlets. The program will assess the legal framework of the relevant regulatory agency, monitor six broadcasting outlets, produce a comprehensive monitoring report, and convene meetings with public broadcast representatives, NGOs, media associations, and professionals to share its findings.

Fostering Quality Reporting on Public Spending

Business Info Group

$35,000

To foster quality reporting on public spending and promote fiscal transparency and accountability. The independent media group will produce in-depth investigations and analyses of accountability issues related to public financing and the economy. The group will feature the investigations and findings on a radio program, in articles for its popular monthly print and online magazine, and at public debates with experts and decision makers.

Fostering the Accountability of Public Officials

Proactive

$30,000

To foster greater public demand for the accountability of elected officials in south Serbia. Utilizing its interactive online platform, the organization will improve communications between parliamentarians and citizens in order to strengthen the public’s role in decision-making processes. The multifaceted project will include an upgrade of its web platform, a media campaign, production of videos and infographics, social media outreach, an outdoor awareness campaign, and thematic roundtables.

Fostering Youth Engagement in Vojvodina

Youth Center CK13

$30,000

To promote civic education and youth engagement in fostering the accountability of public officials in Vojvodina. The multifaceted program will provide a forum for public dialogue on sensitive issues facing youth in Vojvodina and will organize workshops, lectures, events, public debates, and other activities introducing young people to pro-democratic ideas. The group will also provide young people with the skills to engage constructively with the public officials in their local community.  

Promoting Independent Journalism in Southern Serbia

Simplicity Ltd.

$39,000

To foster independent reporting and promote greater interaction between citizens, their elected officials, and political party representatives in southern Serbia ahead of and after the 2017 presidential elections. The organization will continue to complement the news and investigative reports of its popular online portal with nonpartisan multimedia content, including a video interview program, live debates with candidates, a database featuring the profiles of local political figures, and live Election Day coverage.

Promoting Informed Public Debate

Independent Journalists’ Association of Vojvodina

$29,000

To foster public dialogue on key challenges facing Serbia’s democratic transition, with particular emphasis on the province of Vojvodina. The organization will maintain its web portal, which serves as a rare forum for open debate and key source of independent news on topics such as political accountability, elections, decentralization, constitutional reform, minority rights, and other issues important to citizens in Vojvodina.

Promoting Judicial Accountability

Balkan Investigative Reporting Network Serbia

$42,000

To promote judicial transparency and accountability through investigative reporting. In addition to updating its flagship web platform, which currently hosts over a dozen databases related to monitoring corruption and the misuse of official positions, the media group will develop two new databases tracking the work of newly-established anticorruption departments within the country’s judicial system. It will use the information gathered to produce in-depth investigative pieces and illustrative multimedia programs.

Promoting Professional Digital Journalism

Slavko Curuvija Foundation

$40,000

To increase the skills of young journalists and the capacity of local media outlets. The organization will conduct a digital journalism school for local journalists to equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to produce quality reporting and analysis in a digital environment. The program will utilize an e-learning platform, in-person workshops, and ongoing mentorship. In addition, the organization will further develop its web platform that builds the capacity of local media.

Promoting the Accountability of Elected Officials

National Coalition for Decentralization

$40,000

To promote electoral reform and greater public demand for the accountability of elected officials. Through a multifaceted, innovative campaign, the coalition will raise awareness about the need for changes in the country’s electoral system among citizens and decision makers, and will motivate them to more actively support reforms. The nonpartisan campaign will include meetings with parliamentarians and political party leaders, a thematic comedy show, and recommendations for changing Serbia’s electoral law.

Strengthening the Capacity of Local Media Outlets

Association of Local Independent Media “Local Press”

$50,000

To improve the impact and sustainability of independent local and regional media outlets. The association will provide free legal aid to member media organizations and journalists, organize in-house legal trainings for editorial boards, and provide legal consultations. In addition to organizing its annual assembly, the association will convene a roundtable on Serbia’s media strategy and specialized workshops introducing its members to media project implementation and expert evaluation tools.

Supporting Youth Engagement in Eastern Serbia

Zajecar Initiative

$49,500

To promote youth civic engagement in eastern Serbia. The organization will assist high school councils and youth NGOs in advocating for local youth issues. It will facilitate local youth advocacy campaigns and award small grants to youth organizations in the Timok region that will assist young people from local municipalities to become more engaged in their communities, and help them to better understand democratic values and the principles of good governance.

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