This category focuses on the promotion of freedom of expression and on the protection of journalists. It promotes initiatives whose aim is to increase transparency; fight crime and corruption; and to encourage and support the spread of reliable information. Initiatives under this category also address the impact of media ownership, and the control of major internet companies over personal and other data, on freedom and democratic debate.

Innovative Approaches teaching anti-corruption in formal education, Transparency International Italy

Anti-corruption education in schools is still far from being a reality in EU countries, despite of the fact that subjects suitable for its incorporation (such as citizenship education, ethics or law) are parts of the curricula. In 2014, Transparency International Italy (TI-Italy), TI-Hungary and TI-Slovenia set up a project “Innovative Approaches towards Teaching Anti-corruption in Formal Education” funded by the “Erasmus plus programme - KA2 Strategic Partnership in the Field of Secondary Education” aimed at fostering the integration of anti-corruption education in the school curricula. The project, that will end in 2017, will reach its scope through a set of activities:  firstly, the development of educational materials (including an OER e-learning module) aimed at students and teachers, secondly, the training and mobilization of teachers and students, and lastly advocacy initiatives aimed at policy makers and education stakeholders at large.

Students’ Anti-corruption Initiative “ShevaPil”

“ShevaPil” has been existing as a student anti-corruption initiative for one year in 2015 and has achieved a lot: a great number of illegal overpriced procurement of food for the university cafeterias was cancelled; a deputy dean and a graduate student of the Faculty of Economics at the N. University were dismissed for the extortion of money from the students; the exploitation of the students, which were used for the repair works at the Faculty of Cybernetics at the N. University was stopped; empowerment of student government; the Monitoring Committee of the Ministry was created to regulate the elections of the rector at the N. University last year. ShevaPil managed to mobilize students and attract the attention of the media, society and the deputies to corruption in higher educational establishments.

Digital tools for service delivery improvement in education, Anti Corruption Coalition Uganda

The initiative is about the use of ICT to Improve Service Delivery in the Education Sector. The actions envisaged include setting up a toll free line for community members to call and blow the whistle on instances of corruption in schools, verification of reported cases, convene student and community assemblies to share findings, and to sign commitment memorandums with the responsibles. Participants will include the media for exposure, government representatives for action and the community members for continious monitoring in order to expose, but also to ensure that commitments are respected in order to enhance transparency and accountability in the sector.

Media Pluralism Monitor, European University Institute, Italy

Media literacy as a key competency for citizens’ political engagement and hence for a well-functioning democracy. By using the Media Pluralism Monitor, the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom at the European University Institute assess the state of media literacy in Europe since 2014. At the World Forum for Democracy, they will discuss the 2016 (preliminary) findings in EU:28. The aim is to have the participants’ feedback about the results and about how the media literacy assessment should be improved in the future. During the session, they will also highlight pressing media literacy issues in Europe, and brainstorm about adequate policy recommendations.

New Media School Save the Cave, National Democratic Institute, Kosovo[1]

The concept of New Media School, respectively its advocacy initiative Save the Cave, is a platform to equip young people with alternative channels of communication and tools to raise policy issues publicly. Young people in Kosovo are impatient. They make up half of the population and are keen to see Kosovo integrated into Europe as a democracy, but they struggle to have a voice in the democratic process. With the aid of the New Media School, young activists in Kosovo are taking advantage of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to promote social and political causes on the national stage. The outcome of the School is that women, youth and minority groups are organised and skilled in issue-based advocacy initiatives that seek legislative/fiscal change, or other forms of government action.

[1] All references to Kosovo, whether the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nation's Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.