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EED supports local media - including bloggers, digital platforms, satirists and other innovative news and information outlets - to grow as independent and quality communication channels as a mechanism to ensure media pluralism and access to independent and alternative information.

Overview of EED support

EED can provide funding to a wide range of initiatives to help sustain and develop independent news outlets, assist journalists and media outlets operating in repressive environments, or support start-up outlets.

In this way, EED works to strengthen media pluralism and improve access to credible news and critical comment to people denied reliable information. Approximately one-third of EED’s funding portfolio is media-related. EED particularly aims to fill gaps in areas not supported by other donors.

EED also contributes to enhancing media credibility and balance in the Eastern Partnership countries and beyond, by strengthening the independent Russian language media offer in the region.