The Independent Journalism Fund (NFNZ) will distribute CZK 750,000 (€32,000) to support 11 media projects focusing on the war in Ukraine and its impact on Czech society.
According to Petr Orálek, the director of the fund, misinformation and conspiracy theories have contributed to waning support for Ukraine. Therefore, it is crucial for media outlets to adhere to journalistic principles and provide accurate and verified information about the Russian aggression and its consequences.
The exceptional grant initiative "War in Ukraine: One Year Later" received applications from 14 projects, of which 11 media outlets were successful and will share the money raised from individual donors.
The director of the fund added that many important and meaningful projects were submitted, and the NFNZ aimed to support as many as possible, even on a smaller scale. This approach ensures comprehensive assistance to various media, formats, and ultimately, an informed Czech public.
Selected projects include war reportages, analytical articles, and news from the Ukrainian battlefields. Experienced reporter Petra Procházková and photographer Gabriel Kuchta from Deník N will also receive support for their reportage journey.
In addition to war reporting, the NFNZ will support articles about the integration and working conditions of war refugees in the labour market and the long-term consequences of the conflict on mental health. An analysis of how the conflict has changed football in the Czech Republic will also be created thanks to the grant.
Support for a project ranges from CZK 50,000 to CZK 100,000 (€2,100 to €4,200).
In spring 2022, the Czech journalism fund supported Ukrainian media with several million crowns to continue their work. It also contributed to Czech journalists who went to Ukraine to report the reality from the ground.
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