Hivos International

Freedom of Expression

Alternative & Independent Media

Informed citizens are crucial, but information is worthless if it is biased, unchecked or censored. Stimulating high-quality journalism and independent news rep… » expand

Informed citizens are crucial, but information is worthless if it is biased, unchecked or censored. Stimulating high-quality journalism and independent news reporting by media organisations is, therefore, a key focal area of Hivos’ media policy.

Hivos’ approach to stimulating alternative and independent media is threefold:

1. Foster a diverse and thriving media landscape by consolidating alternative media.
2. Improve the quality of media and promote their independence.
3. Ensure that media do not only hold others to account, but themselves too.

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Internet Freedom

In many countries, Internet Freedom is not enshrined in law and can come under threat from governmental legal and political action. By simply exercising their r… » expand

In many countries, Internet Freedom is not enshrined in law and can come under threat from governmental legal and political action. By simply exercising their right to free speech, bloggers, activists and human rights defenders often face arrest, torture, imprisonment, and sometimes even the death penalty.

In order to harness ICT’s exciting potential, Hivos strives towards consolidating and safequarding Internet Freedom through improvements in three key areas:

  • Prevention & Protection (digital safety and security for activists);
  • Policy & Privacy (internet governance policy and privacy protection);
  • Pressure (against online human rights abuses).

These areas are of course not always neatly separated, and some of our activities focus on more than one.

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Key Focal Areas

  • At Hivos, we aim to innovate for social change by implementing smart projects in the right places.

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    Diverse, high-quality and independent media are crucial for the development of a democratic society. 

  • Freedom of expression and the media are basic requirements for citizens to stay informed, express an opinion and become civically involved in society.

  • 'Mideast Creatives – Coworking for Sustainable Employment' is all about developing the full potential of young people and specifically young women in the Arab world.