The European Commission has signed a grant agreement with a consortium led by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), to launch a Pilot Project named "The Europe-wide rapid response mechanism (RRM)" The project is designed to detect, answer and prevent violations of press and media freedom.

  • Identity of the Co-ordinator:  European Centre for Press and Media Freedom - ECPMF
  • Starting date: 1 March 2020
  • Duration : 12 months
  • Budget: 1.400.000 EUR
  • Website: https://www.mfrr.eu/

The Europe-wide rapid response mechanism for violations of press and media freedom is meant to mitigate the consequences of the recently observed deterioration of press and media freedom in certain EU Member States and Candidate Countries. It will provide tangible protection for journalists and will encompass fact-finding, advocacy, monitoring, informing the European public and awareness raising.

Practical help will encompass concrete tools to protect journalists under threat, such as providing advice and legal support as well as offering shelter and logistical assistance so that they can continue to pursue professional activities. Representatives will be sent to countries affected, and anti-impunity action will be supported through advocacy. The tools to be used will be adjusted to accommodate individual needs on a case-by-case basis. The action will rely on a systematic monitoring of violations of press and media freedom across the EU (allowing for early warnings) and will ensure the provision of reliable and comprehensive information on such violations to the general public as well as the European Institutions.

A budget of EUR 1,400,000 was earmarked by the European Parliament in 2019 to establish a Europe-wide response mechanism for violations of press and media freedom.  Further to a Call for Proposals, the European Commission awarded a grant to a consortium led by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF).

Partners

  • European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)
  • International Press Institute (IPI)
  • European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)
  • Free Press Unlimited (FPU)
  • Article 19  (ARTICLE19)
  • Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT)
  • Institut für Angewandte Informatik der Universität Leipzig (InfAI).