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.
Productions Balkaniques 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.
Ten media outlets receiving sub-grants, including 50 journalists receiving training and mentoring.
- 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.
- Creation of a video game and toolkit addressing disinformation.
- Regional conference.