We’ve received this information from The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF). We warmly invite journalists to fill in an application. Given the circumstances, we need investigative journalism more than ever.

Dear friends and colleagues,

Investigative journalism gives a voice to those who don’t have one.There are two people who have paid the ultimate price for courageous investigative journalism, right in the heart of Europe: Daphne Caruana Galiziafrom Malta and Ján Kuciak from Slovakia.

It’s democracy’s defence against corruption, injustice, and misery. A critical press reinforces the system of checks and balances on those in power. Think Watergate, think NSA leaks, think Panama and Paradise Papers. Think of the work of investigative networks confronting organised crime networks and state actors who carry out dirty tricks on behalf of governments.

This is why the European Center for Press and Media Freedom and the International Press Institute (IPI) launched the #IJ4EU grant, a fund of up to 450,000 euros to support cross-border investigative journalism in the European Union. Are you an investigative journalist working on a pan-European story? Check the guidelines and apply now! The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm Vienna time on May 3, 2018. All applications must be submitted in English.

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) unites journalists associations, publishing houses, academic institutions, trade unions and media rights experts to achieve the application of the European Charter on Freedom of the Press throughout Europe. Founded in 2015, it is registered as a European Cooperative Society and headquartered in Leipzig, with members/partners/supporters in 16 countries. The ECPMF provides news, analyses and tools on media freedom issues, coordinates its member organisations’ activities and helps individual journalists under threat, for example through a residence programme and petitions.