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Media sector calls — EU support to Media Freedom and Pluralism

The Commission supports media initiatives to protect media freedom and pluralism. Funding instruments include pilot projects and preparatory actions, and as of 2021 through the Creative Europe programme.

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This section only covers actions specifically covering media freedom and pluralism. We have dedicated pages for opportunities for media under two other sections:collaboration and innovation, and citizen engagement and public sphere.



The “European Festival of Journalism and Media Information Literacy” is aimed at reinforcing dialogue, cooperation and partnership in the EU among journalists, media outlets including public service media, civil society organisations and media literacy professionals, focusing on crucial questions for the profession. With a special attention on youth, including journalists’ students, people and social media. 

Budget: € 990.500 

Deadline: 28 February 2023 


For the first time in 2023, the annual Journalism Partnerships call for proposals includes a topic to support media pluralism. This topic will result in grants to media of particular relevance to democracy and civic participation, such as local media, investigative journalism and public interest news. NB. The call for proposals also maintains its usual topic for media collaborations. 

Budget: €10,000,000 

Deadline: 27 April 2023 


This action aims to further strengthen the position of press and media councils in a converged media environment and help in further development of deontological standards. Its outcomes will include the development and maintenance of a database on media self-regulatory bodies; exchange of best practices; support to new media councils; training for journalists; cooperation with media regulators; assistance in developing journalistic standards. It follows up on the preparatory action "Media councils in digital age". 

Budget: €1,000,000 

This action is expected to provide practical help to protect journalists under threat, including concrete tools such as advice and legal support as well as offering shelter and logistical assistance thereby enabling the targeted journalists to continue pursuing their professional activities. This can include financial support when needed. The project will also organise visits to affected countries. Anti-impunity action shall be supported through advocacy. The tools used will be adjusted to accommodate individual needs on a case-by-case basis. 

Budget: €3,100,000 


Building on the database created in the first pilot project, the objective is to provide a country-based database containing information on media ownership and a systematic assessment of both relevant legal frameworks and risks to media ownership transparency in the twelve Member States not covered by the first pilot. The  selected project is managed by a consortium led by the Paris-Lodron Universität Salzburg (PLUS).

EU support: up to €500,000 

Duration: from October 2022 until September 2023 


The "Local Media for Democracy" project will increase understanding around the pan-European news deserts phenomenon, and reinforce the capacities of local and regional media, in light of their key contribution to local democracy, social cohesion and civic participation. The project is coordinated by the European Federation of Journalists.

EU support: up to € 1,990,000 

Duration: from February 2023 until July 2024  


The project  Media Freedom Rapid Response, by a consortium led by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, encompasses fact-finding, advocacy, monitoring, and awareness raising. It will bring violations of press and media freedom to the forefront, and provide practical help to journalists under threat.

EU support: up to €1,950,000 

Duration: from May 2022 until October 2023 


Monitoring media pluralism in the digital age 

The  Media Pluralism Monitor is a scientific tool designed to identify potential risks to media pluralism. The 2022 report was published on 30 June 2022. The project is led by the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom.

EU support: up to €1,100,000 


The objective of this preparatory action is to further support the activities of the media self-regulation bodies and to promote the importance of the journalistic standards in the modern media environment. The selected project is managed by a consortium led by European Federation of Journalists (EFJ). 

EU support: up to €500,000

Duration: from April 2022 until June 2023 

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