The Prague Civil Society Centre is pleased to announce the launch of Free Media Hub EAST.
Free Media Hub EAST will provide financial and non-financial support to existing and established Russian and Belarusian media working in exile in the EU and that maintain significant audiences back home.
The €3m project is set to re-grant over 70% of the amount (€2.2m) over two years to support existing independent media in exile. In addition, it will provide some 1,000 slots to help with visas and registration, provide psychological support or further capacity building. The project will also invest in technological solutions such as censorship circumvention.
The Free Media Hub EAST consortium is led by the Prague Civil Society Centre, and consists of People in Need (CZ), Baltic Centre for Media Excellence (LV), Sustainability Foundation (LV), Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (PL) and Media in Cooperation and Transition (DE).
Executive Director of the Prague Civil Society Centre, Rostislav Valvoda, said: “This project is not about setting up new structures, rather it is about providing assistance to existing media and to expand and enhance the already established support mechanisms in the EU.”
The project is co-funded by the European Union.