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.

The Insider, Russian Federation

The Insider is an investigative newspaper that seeks to provide its readers with information about the current political, economic and social situation in Russia, while also promoting democratic values and shedding light on issues related to human rights and civil society. In addition, the Insider implements the “Antifake” project, with the objective of systematically debunking fake news in Russian media, and to help its audience to distinguish relevant information from fake news and propaganda.

EUCHECK: Journalism schools for fact-checking, an impartial network, European Journalism Training Association (EJTA), the Netherlands

EUCHECK strives to be a reference point for fact-checking EU policies and politics, while promoting European studies and developing fact-checking. Over 15 EJTA journalism schools work on the project. EUCHECK aims to support quality journalism and journalism education while testing new cooperative arrangements, to enhance credibility of media; to contribute to the accuracy of European political statements; to engage European citizens as well as to create incentives to spread fact-checked information on social media; to develop a European open educational resource (OER) methodology; and to establish cooperation with quality national fact-checkers. For the 2019 European parliamentary elections, EUCHECK intends to bring all their national platforms together in one pan-European portal.

Protection of democratic values through fact-checking journalism (, “Union of Informed Citizens” NGO, Armenia

The initiative aims to increase public support for democratic values through fact-checking journalism. It fights against disinformation that undermines the activity of NGOs, democratic values, human rights, freedom of expression, and political reforms. The NGO intensively cooperates with other NGOs to produce its materials. Currently, its publications have 5000 to 7000 views online on average and according to the Google Analytics report, readers spend 3 minutes on its website, suggesting that its materials are read until the end.

The Read Across The Aisle app, USA

The app allows people to see, in real time, whether their reading habits are skewing left or right. Through the app, users can read news from a variety of sources, and it shows them the political orientation of each source. The app also shows the cumulative political orientation of a user’s reading history. Most importantly, the app detects when users are just reading from one side of the aisle and occasionally reminds them to check out news from another angle.

A Toolbox for Digital Citizens, Nupinion, United Kingdom

Nupinion is a free news discovery and search tool that improves access to quality journalism and information. It enables citizens to compare news from multiple sources and countries while helping to identify the credibility and political slant of sources. Citizens stay easily informed by following news boards on topics, outlets or people they choose. Based on these choices, Nupinion recommends different opinions, highlights key stakeholders and offers tools to investigate media coverage on the issue. Nupinion’s goal is to support democracy by fostering media literacy, fighting fake or heavily biased news, and bursting media echo chambers online.