BRUSSELS - For the second round of applications for the Local Media for Democracy grant programme, Journalismfund Europe received 127 applications from 22 different EU countries. 

In total 104 legal entities applied and 41 journalists, they are registered/domiciled in Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain. 

Prior to the deadline, Journalismfund Europe had 121 pre-application sessions with people interested in applying to the grant programme. The jury board will meet before the 1st of November to decide which projects will receive the funding for their projects. We have €675.735 to distribute in this second and last round. 

The Local Media for Democracy project is an 18-month project co-funded by the European Commission, Porticus and the King Baudouin Foundation and launched by a consortium of partners: the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF), International Media Support (IMS), and Journalismfund Europe

In addition to the grant programme, these organisations are undertaking a multifaceted programme to help struggling local, regional and community media in the news desert areas in Europe, by providing financial support, organisational capacity building, and conducting a research mapping the situation on the ground.

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Children wrongly put up for adoption

Human Rights Organisations Call on Cabinet: Stop Adoptions Immediately


THE HAGUE - A group of children's rights and advocacy organisations is calling on outgoing minister Weerwind (Legal Protection, D66) to also stop ongoing adoption procedures with immediate effect. They are doing this in response to reports by Investico and TV programme Zembla. According to the group, it is "completely irresponsible" to finalise the ongoing procedures.