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Independent Journalism Center (Media Azi)

Region: Asia and the Pacific

The Independent Journalism Center (IJC) is one of the first media organizations in Moldova. It was founded in 1994 as a project of the Open World House, and in 1998 it became an independent organization.

Currently, the IJC defines its mission through the prism of democratic values by contributing to the consolidation of free and viable media—including new media—by means of training programs for journalists, media education, advocacy campaigns, research, and non-profit journalistic products. From a legal point of view, the IJC is a non-governmental, non-commercial, and apolitical organization.

Over the years, the IJC has launched and carried out various projects to improve both working conditions for journalists in Moldova and the national legal framework governing the media. Also, various actions have been conducted in support of press freedom or to strengthen the solidarity of the media community and to promote professional ethics.

Since 2016, the IJC has been implementing a new strategy with the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency through the Embassy of Sweden in Chisinau aimed at strengthening its role in ensuring professional standards in the media. The new strategy focuses on four objectives:

  • Training;
  • Policies and Advocacy;
  • Media Literacy;
  • Organizational Development.

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