In a world of modern communication, media are the means
and tools to understand our realities. Professional media dedicate themselves to
rise the awareness about the complexity of life. The pluralism of opinion and
analysis has to be reflected by a pluralism of media. Especially in situations
of conflict or crisis, independent information and professional communication
are crucial to address the problems and help to find a constructive way out of
them. Media can facilitate conflict resolution by properly and responsibly
reporting about events and by challenging interests and forces with arguments.
Medienhilfe supports professional and independent media in this struggle with
the aim of contributing to conflict resolution and peace building.
Medienhilfe perceives its support as an offer for partnership with professional media in South East Europe, but also here in Switzerland. The building of professional bridges shall contribute to reduce prejudices and to provide information, which exceeds that offered by news agencies.
Medienhilfe elaborates and implements all its projects in cooperation with its partners based on their needs and interests. Partners and projects are carefully assessed before being elected for support. The aim of our support is to strengthen partners and to help them become independent from international donors as soon as possible.
Besides direct financial and material support Medienhilfe
offers its partners professional assistance and counseling (organizational
development, media-monitoring, publications) as well as access to Swiss media.
During crisis situations, when media and journalists are
directly threatened, Medienhilfe intervenes on behalf of them at the responsible
authorities and informs the international organizations in charge of this
Medienhilfe sees its engagement as complementary to the
projects implemented by the Swiss government and international organizations.
Criteria for the selection of our partners are the following:
Medienhilfe relies on the following resources and networks for a successful implementation of its programs:
Medienhilfe receives financial support from:
medienhilfe, P.O. Box, CH-8031