More than 35.000 USD was raised for the Eastern European Independent Journalist Fund in a Kickstarter campaign launched by Transitions and SEENPM, together with a number of other media support organizations and media outlets.
The fund will serve as a lifeline to allow individual journalists from Ukraine, Belarus and Russia to stay on the job and pursue their independent and professional journalistic work. After the application process, in the coming weeks more than 35.000 USD will be distributed to journalists who are reporting the truth on the war despite the enormous risks.
The Eastern European Independent Fund was launched in mid-March to help finance independent, on-the-ground reporting. The costs to administer the fund will be kept at an absolute minimum, so virtually all the funds raised will go directly to the selected journalists.
The fund will pay freelance journalists and staff reporters working on stories for independent media, both local and national. In all cases, journalists should have a demonstrated history of reporting freely and independently and not in the service of any political or economic interests.
If you are interested in supporting independent journalism, more information about the Eastern European Independent Journalist Fund and the Kickstarter campaign can be found here. While the campaign has ended, donations can still be made to the fund. Please write: firstname.lastname@example.org.