This section provides a list of organizations working on issues related to media freedom, including monitoring and promotion of the freedom of the press, quality and ethics in journalism, media literacy, and transparency

Association of BH Journalists (BH Novinari)

Association of BH Journalists (BH Novinari) is a non-political and non-profit journalist association based in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Member of the Association of European Journalists (AEJ), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), it connects journalists, freelance journalists, students and other professionals working in the journalistic sector in order to protect the independency of their activities.

It also offers practical support.

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Association of European Journalists Bulgaria (AEJ Bulgaria)

The Association of European Journalists Bulgaria (AEJ Bulgaria) is a non governmental legal entity founded in 2010 to defend ethical standards in journalism and to enhance the development of quality journalism in Bulgaria. To achieve its goals, the association provides educational opportunities, organizes meetings and produces publications.

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Association of Journalists of Macedonia

The Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM) is an independent, non-governmental and non- political party organization whose purpose is to be the protector and promoter of professional standards and freedom of expression.

It also offers practical support.

Specific objectives of the AJM include:
-Defend freedom of press, radio, television and other media;
-Fights against their abuse, the creation of monopolies and any form of censorship that affects the determination of truth, complete, unbiased, updated public information;
-Protects and promotes the freedom of rights and responsibilities of journalists, based on the Constitution and laws of the Republic of Macedonia, Statute and Acts of AJM, and international documents concerning the freedom of the media, and the exercise of expression and information as basic Human Rights.
-Protect the reputation and dignity of the journalists and the journalistic profession and protects and promotes freedom of critical and creative work.
-Represent its members in front of the community and actively participates in the preparation of legislation and inter-national conventions of interest to the profession and defend the journalistic interest in regards of the Code of Ethics.

The Association was founded in 1946 and is a member of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). AJM publishes in Macedonian, Albanian and English.

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Associazione Stampa Romana

The Associazione Stampa Romana is the Journalists Union for journalists who live in the region Lazio, in Italy.

It is affiliated with FNSI, the national Journalists Union.

It offers different forms of support, such as legal counseling, psychological support, and deals with gender-based issues, professional harassment, support to reach out to European funding.

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Established in 2011, is a watchdog NGO and online newspaper for investigative journalism to promote transparency, accountability, and freedom of information in Hungary. It also operates a Tor-based anonymous whistleblowing platform (Magyar leaks ). It is funded by Open Society Institute Budapest Foundation (34%), micro donations (32%), and other sources (34%); it does not accept money from institutions, political parties, and affiliates.

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Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN)

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) consists of individual member-organisations, registered in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania and Serbia. As a group of editors and trainers, BIRN enables journalists in the region to produce in-depth analytical and investigative journalism on complex political, economic and social themes. Through the production of Balkan Insight, BIRN`s online publication, the network trains local and regional journalists, demanding the highest international standards. BIRN emerged from the Balkan programme of the London-based Institute for War & Peace Reporting, IWPR, in 2005.

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Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is an interdisciplinary, University-wide centre which mission is to explore and understand cyberspace; to study its development, dynamics, norms, and standards; and to assess the need or lack thereof for laws and sanctions.

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Blueprint for Free Speech

Based in Australia but with offices throughout the world, Blueprint for Free Speech is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving freedom of expression as described by the UN Declaration of Human Rights. Among various activities, it provides a free library of research and analysis about freedom of expression laws around the globe.

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Branded Content Research Network

The Branded Content Research Network is a research and networking project based at the University of the Arts London, focusing on the more and more blurred delimitation between media and advertising. It explores branded content practices and implications, such as the issues that the new forms of integrated advertising raise for consumers and media outlets. One of the key features of the Network is its promotion of connections between people having different interests and perspectives on the subject, such as scholars, industry practitioners, civil society organisations, and other stakeholders. After being established in September 2016, the Network has been gradually expanding its range of activity by organising seminars and conferences, as well as by disseminating research and discussion findings in several ways. Researchers in the network lead the Branded Content Governance Project, an international research project examining the changing regulation and governance of content produced or funded by marketers.
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Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom (CPBF)

The Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom (CPBF) is a civil society organization based in the UK. It has been working for ‘a more accountable, freer and diverse media’ since 1979. CPBF is active in defending the principles of public service broadcasting and to argue for democratically accountable forms of broadcasting regulation.

The Campaign firmly believes that broadcasting is a public service as fundamental to the well-being of our democracy as our education and health systems, and should under no circumstances be treated as merely a producer of commodities

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