For Civitates’ partners from PressOne, an independent journalist organisation based in Romania, public-interest journalism is “a powerful way to make people understand the reality that surrounds them and a powerful tool of change” as Adrian Mihaltianu, PressOne’s managing director, shared.
Grantees in the spotlight
BIRN, together with SHARE foundation, has been monitoring how digital rights violations in Central and South-Eastern Europe are impacting democracy and human rights even before the pandemic changed people’s lives. With the pandemic, however, they saw a tremendous growth of rights violations linked to Covid-19.
By working together, members of the coalition led by VoxPublic unite strengths and expertise to promote and defend the rights of civil society actors and to provide response strategies to the growing repression experienced by associations.
Under Hungary’s present government, many independent or critical voices in the media have been silenced. Yet journalists have built new business models to go on holding the powerful to account. The founders of investigative news site Direkt36 see leaders elsewhere emulating Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban and want to share what they’ve learned.
Smartphone apps to prevent the spread of the Covid-19. What about personal data? Published: 9 April 2020 “Actions to tackle the covid-19 virus using personal data should have proper safeguards,” – Diego Naranjo, head of policy at EDRi. The novel Covid-19 disease is a global health crisis, and the ways countries in Europe
The Covid-19 crisis shows the need for civil society to be stronger than ever Published: 2 April 2020 “The covid-19 crisis shows the need for civil society to be stronger than ever, not only in Hungary.“- Máté Varga, President of the Civil College Foundation. In Hungary, Viktor Orbán’s government seems to have
Disinformation online leads to negative consequences offline Published: 20 March 2020 “Now that everybody can see the data, we can actually prove what is happening,“ – Sofija Todorovic, Project Coordinator at BIRN. We all know digital freedom violations take place. However, as a lot of data is often missing, evidence can be
Mystery around the methods online platforms use to target users Published: 18 February 2020 “People need the power to decide on how they want to protect themselves” – Katarzyna Szymielewicz, co-founder and president of Panoptykon Foundation. Political campaigns increasingly target voters online with messages appealing to personal characteristics, a strategy
Civic organisations to stand up together for democracy Published: 6 February 2020 “I see a positive change in the way civic organisations are working together in the Czech Republic,” – Petr Lebeda, founder and director of Glopolis, Experience tells us that cooperation and mutual trust between organisations of active citizens