Twelve journalists from Albania, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Romania, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia and Turkey have been selected to participate in BIRN’s first Digital Rights Programme for Journalists, covering concerns over digital rights trends in Southeastern and Central Europe.
The programme awards bursaries to individuals and teams of journalists who will explore topics such as censorship on social platforms, the effect of online video games on dominant narratives, digital political interference, cyber violence against women, 5g infrastructures, surveillance and algorithmic decision-making processes.
For the duration of the course, the journalists will be provided with comprehensive editorial and writing skills training, and be given a chance to meet some of the most important European CSOs working on their topics of interest. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the whole programme will be held online.
The digital rights programme focuses on the continuous monitoring of digital rights violations in eight countries, the production of compiling content and cross-sectorial networking.
By combining strengthening accurate reporting with promotion of basic human rights standards and an understanding of the fast-evolving technology, the programme strives to contribute to a healthier digital ecosystem for everyone.