1992-2002: 10 years of medienhilfe (Documentation)
Information instead of propaganda
was founded in the end
of 1992 as a Swiss non-governmental and non-profit organisation, with the aim to
support the independent media and freedom of press in the area of the former
Yugoslavia. Since 1993
medienhilfe has established permanent contacts and co-operation with a number
of independent media organisations in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia,
Montenegro, Kosovo and Macedonia. Over 50 different media organisations have
been supported, among them 4 network projects composed of a number of particular
media or infrastructure projects used by several media.
medienhilfe has been the implementing organisation of the Swiss Government, i.e. of two departments within the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 1. Political Division IV and 2. Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Besides, medienhilfe started to operated as the implementing organisation of other governments (German Foreign Ministry, Irish Government) and international donors as the National Endowment for Democracy NED of the US-Congress. medienhilfe also receives support from Swiss cantons and towns, private foundations, companies, media houses and journalist associations, bigger NGOs, church organisations and a number of individuals.
activities include the following:
Support to independent media organisations
in the area of the former Yugoslavia, which includes:
Research and analytical work,
Activities related to Swiss public and policy- makers,
Our criteria to
choose local partners
are as follows:
is a member of a closer group of donors who permanently
co-ordinate their support activities. This group is formed by: Open Society
Institute (offices in Brussels and Budapest, as well as national offices in the
area of the former Yugoslavia), Swedish Helsinki Committee, Press Now, Norwegian
People’s Aid, IREX ProMedia and Media Development Loan Fund.
was a member of the pool of implementing organisations
for the realisation of a quick support package for independent media in Serbia
initiated by the Stability Pact. We will continue and strengthen
this activity in 2001.
In 2001 a crisis-assistance-programme CAP was implemented in Macedonia as a joint project of the International Media Fund IMF. A field officer from medienhilfe is responsible for the implementation of this programme and for the coordination of the IMF's activities.
was member of the expert team working on strategy and policy papers for the EC support programme for independent media in
the SEE. This Media Task Force includes representatives of NGOs,
governments (e.g. USA and Denmark), a private foundation (OSI), the Stability Pact and
The strategy elaborated in this paper is complementary to those to be implemented by international players we have co-operation with, which may additionally contribute to strengthening of the position of Switzerland (DEZA/AZO) within the international donors community. Each particular project proposed for support has carefully been evaluated, both in single assessment missions and donors joint project-travels and co-ordination meetings. Each of them will be supported by some or all of above specifically named donors.
How to contact us
, PO Box, CH-8031 Zurich, Switzerland
medienhilfe, P.O. Box, CH-8031