European Youth Press
In the aftermath of the recent attacks on freedom of media and expression in Europe, European Youth Press launches the project “Free Our Media! Media Freedom in Europe – Limited Edition?” which maps media freedom and its breaches across the continent throughout the year of 2015.
Podgorica, Montenegro, Berlin, Germany
Inside the borders of Europe, we have recently seen attacks and restrictions to media freedom. Media has the important role of informing the citizens in modern societies. The media and the way it reports on
political and social events plays an important part in the international public sphere. As soon as restrictions are implemented, reports by media are also affected. In addition, journalists' integrity and security are endangered. Europe has long defended freedom of the press as a fundamental right. A case in point is the European Union's commitment to respect freedom and pluralism of the media, as well as the right to information and freedom of expression which is enshrined in Article 11 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights. We want to continue this work on the ground.
We want to:
1. Reach a better understanding on the topic of media freedom in Europe (incl. related concepts, preconditions, rights and
duties, legal aspects) among young media makers, activists and young people in general;
2. Reach an improved overview/insight in the situation of media freedom in the selected countries (local, national, European level);
3. Develop a long-term strategy, giving higher leverage to young media makers, young people and organisations to safeguard and fight for media freedom in Europe;
4. Establish an online educational platform, supporting young media makers and young people in pursuing
media freedom in Europe, share experiences and best practices;
5. Create and disseminate an informative publication through the involvement of young cartoonists.
The project includes a series of activities to be implemented in a logical sequence:
- At Action 1 “Media Freedom – setting the scene” the 15 young media makers will agree on a road map for their work.
- In Action 2 “Media freedom – local reality” the media makers are given full ownership to carry the work plan to another level by organising a local public consultation in their countries
- At each consultation a young cartoonist takes
part in the discussion, absorbs the given input and translates this into a comic art story, using the storytelling
- In Action 3 “Media freedom – ready for action” the journalists and cartoonists come together to finalise the outcomes
- The graphic novel will be launched at the European Parliament on October 20, 2015.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Any kind of feedback on the idea and design of the project are warmly welcomed, especially since we are still in the process of shaping the project outcomes.