The sixth edition of the "Independent media" program is planned for this year. Nearly 40 journalists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine will be invited to Poland. During study visits, they will have an opportunity to visit the editorial offices of newspapers and magazines, radio and TV stations, internet portals and information agencies. They will acquaint themselves with the work and experiences of their Polish colleagues. The study visits will be tailored to the professions and specializations of the guests. Also planned are seminars and lectures on such subjects as: the transformation of the Polish media after 1989, laws regulating public and private media, investigative journalism, media ethics, journalists’ organizations, advertising and the media, the problem of competition in the media, political lobbying and independence of the media.
The program is financed by the National Endowment for Democracy (USA). Participation by guests from Armenia is financed by the British embassies in Warsaw and Erevan, through the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office under the Global Opportunities Fund, Re-Uniting Europe Programme, as well as the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Polish-Czech-Slovak Solidarity Foundation is conducting it in cooperation with the Caucasus Media Institute in Yerevan.
Participants will be selected by means of an open competition, with the winners chosen by the social Council of the Programme, consisting of:
- Bartosz Węglarczyk – Chairman of the Council (the daily Rzeczpospolita),
- Tomasz Lachowicz (the daily Newsweek Poland),
- Maria Przełomiec (Polish Section of Radio BBC),
- Jagienka Wilczak (the weekly Polityka).
The Council will also evaluate implementation of the Project.
Detailed information on the project, together with application forms.