Productions balkaniques

Goals

To contribute to improved democratic resistance to foreign information manipulation and interference (FIMI) and to reduce the risk of inter-community conflict in the Balkans.
625 K
18months
10Participating organizations
50Trained professionnals

A project

Supported by

UE finance EN

Presentation

Although their political, economic and social situations are different, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo are facing the same challenges: ethnic divisions, fragile civil societies, frustration around the process of joining the European Union, prominence of state media, lack of pluralism, polarisation, poor governance, corruption, etc. In this context, the phenomenon of disinformation, which was already considered endemic throughout the Western Balkans, has gained pace in recent years, largely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

Balkaniques Productions offers financial assistance, training and mentoring to media outlets in the region to allow them to create fact-checking units and produce surveys. In addition, the fact-checking element of the Balkans Voices online platform, Talmil, which provides media training to students in the region, will be enriched so as to make its content more relevant to journalists.

Project beneficiaries

Ten media outlets receiving sub-grants, including 50 journalists receiving training and mentoring.

Project manager
Charlotte MOREL

Files to download

Balkan Productions

Actions

Capacity building

- Establishment or expansion of fact-checking units: provision of support for the development of six fact-checking units within local press bodies, alongside technical assistance and mentoring.
- Intercultural media initiatives: provision of support for four multilingual, inter-regional media productions on topics of regional interest and provision of technical support and mentoring to train the media outlets to provide media coverage of sensitive political and ethnic issues.

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Awareness raising

- Dissemination campaigns, digital platforms and regional events to raise awareness among the general public of the challenges posed by FIMI (foreign information manipulation and interference) with a view to improving democratic practices in the Western Balkans.
- Creation of a video game and toolkit addressing disinformation.
- Regional conference.