Media Freedom and Journalists’ Rights

The project "European Neighbourhood Policy East Media Freedom Watch” aims to protect freedom of media and expression in the ENP. A portrait of the organization.

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Shot in Kiev, November 6, 2015
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The aim of the “European Neighbourhood Policy East Media Freedom Watch” project is to protect freedom of media and expression in the ENP East region through raising regional and international awareness of the situation of media freedom and journalists’ rights in the Eastern Partnership countries:

  • Azerbaijan
  • Armenia
  • Belarus
  • Georgia
  • Moldova
  • Ukraine

This web resource is a source of concentrated information on the events and processes taking place in the field of media freedom in the above-mentioned countries. It reacts quickly to often sensitive events such as the persecution of journalists during the EuroMaidan Revolution in Ukraine or the current hard times for the freedom of media in Azerbaijan. Highlighting and analyzing such events is one of the website’s priority tasks.

The Media Freedom Index, which is calculated every three months, is another fundamental aspect of the project. It demonstrates clearly both the current situation as well as the dynamics of media freedom in a certain country. The research methodology was developed within the project and based upon questionnaires completed by 60 experts (10 experts from each country) identifying the best approaches of the already existing international freedom of speech indices. The Media Freedom Index being focused on specific regions makes it possible to study the subject matter in greater detail and provide more accurate estimates.

About the Topic

Journalists’ working environment, violence against them, censorship, transparency of ownership in the media, relationships between journalists and politicians, quality of media legislation – all these and many other topics are issues that the project focusses on.


Natalia Sad, project coordinator for the non-governmental organization “Internews Ukraine”, has over seven years of experience coordinating internationally funded projects. During her two years working for “Internews Ukraine”, she has successfully led the ENP East Media Freedom Watch Project (2013-2015, funded by the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine). She is currently coordinating the initiative “Fellowship Program for Journalists from AR Crimea and occupied territories of Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts” (2015, funded by the International Renaissance Foundation).

Mykhailo Tkach, is a journalist for the investigative project Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Ukraine. He is one of the winners of the Annual US Embassy-Ukrainska Pravda Investigative Journalism Competition (2012, organized by online newspaper “Ukrainska Pravda” and the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine). He also worked for the investigative program “Money” on the TV channel “1+1″.

Background Information

“Internews Ukraine” is one of the leading NGOs in media, working in the Ukrainian media and communications market since 1996. The mission of the organization is the promotion of European values in Ukraine through the development of successful media. It empowers independent and pluralistic media in Ukraine, improves journalistic standards and local media legislation and assists the development of full-fledged democracy and civil society in the country, while supporting journalism networking and communication and promoting new media and social journalism.

Internews Website (in Ukrainian)
Internews Facebook Page (in Ukrainian)

Interesting Links

General Information (in English):
Eastern Partnership Media Freedom Index 

Annual Report (in English):
Eastern Partnership Media Freedom Landscape 2014

Investigative Journalism by Mikhailo Tkach (in Ukrainian):
Secret fleet prosecutors