Start of the implementation of projects funded by the Small Grants Programme “Protecting Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression in the Western Balkans”


Croatian Journalist Association (CJA), in its capacity of the contracting authority for this small grants programme, is pleased to announce the start of the implementation of projects funded by the Call of Proposals for the Small Grants Programme “Protecting Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression in the Western Balkans”.

The Small Grants Programme “Protecting Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression in the Western Balkans” is funding 15 projects in two LOTs (4 regional and 11 national projects) in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo* and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The objective of this small grants programme is to amplify advocacy efforts undertaken by local, national and regional civil society actors in collaboration with journalists and media organizations and to set topics of media freedom and journalists’ safety on mainstream agenda in the SEE region – more specifically Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Kosovo*, Montenegro and Serbia. Hence, the small grants programme will support locally and regionally rooted civil society initiatives, engaging human rights activists, journalists and media, aiming to protect the freedom of expression and freedom of media. The small grants programme is funded by IPA /EU with co-financing from the Croatian Government Office for NGOs and makes part of a regional project Western Balkan’s Regional Platform for Advocating Media Freedom and Journalists’ Safety implemented through partnership of five regional journalists’ associations and one journalists’ union– Independent Journalists Association of Serbia (IJAS), Association of BH Journalists (BHJ), Croatian Journalists Association (CJA), Association of Journalists of Kosovo (AJK), Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM) and the Trade Union of Media of Montenegro (TUMM).

Croatian Journalists’ Association and its regional partner journalists’ associations thank all applicants for their interest and effort in engaging in this Call for Proposals and for their cooperation throughout the whole application process, in addition to wishing a fruitful and smooth implementation of awarded projects.

If you want to read more about the projects funded through this Call, click on the links to their respective websites:

Lead applicant Project name
Beta Media Centar SUP-PRO-MEDIA: Support to Advocating
and Protecting Media Freedom and Freedom
of Expression in the Western Balkans
Media Research Centre Forming of non-profitable
local community media “OPEN TV”
Novapedia Regional Platform for Boosting
Changes Towards Free Media Societies
in the Western Balkans  [link N/A]
NIIT Society Innovation Center Invisible Violence:
Stories from the Newsroom
JaBiHEU Go Digital
Against Harassment
Novi Sad School of Journalism Mission Defence: Using
Activism and Legal Possibilities
to Resist the Pressures
on the Media
Civic Initiatives Media Freedom Matrix-
On-line Monitoring Tool
Slavko Ćuruvija Foundation U pravu si!- Guide Through
Journalist Labour and Trade
Union Rights
Centar za istraživačko novinarstvo- Fondacija CINS Follow the Media Money
NGO 35mm Untold Stories: Journalists Endangered!
Democracy Plus Supporting Media Freedom and Freedom
of Speech Through Increased Watchdog
Monitoring Media Related Matters
Center for Democratic Development Europolis Media Content and Media Financing
as a Reflection of Public Interest in Local
Communities [link N/A]
Youth Educational Forum Human Rights Through Social Movements
CIVIL- Center for Freedom From Understanding to Protection-
Project for Understanding and Protection of
Freedom of Expression and Media Freedoms in the Republic of Macedonia
Post-conflict Research Center Real Voice of Journalism