Notes from Poland is pleased to announce that, as part of a project funded by the National Endowment for Democracy, we have created a network of independent media outlets that report on the Central and Eastern Europe region in English.

The project will build links between our organisations, as well as support them in reporting on issues relating to democracy, the rule of law, civil society, human rights and media freedom in the region.

Our shared aim is to help the world understand the important events taking place in a region that receives limited attention in international media.

Our partners in the project are: Kafkadesk, Insight Hungary, Internews Ukraine, New Eastern Europe, Reporting Democracy (run by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network), Transitions, Ukraine World and Vsquare (run by Fundacja Reporterów). We welcome other expressions of interest at

The first sets of articles published as part of the project – on the topics of media freedom and LGBT rights – have already appeared, and can be found below. Further reports on these and other issues facing the region will appear regularly.

Notes from Poland: “As Polish public radio becomes politicised, presenters are creating independent crowdfunded alternatives”

Ukraine World: “The Clash of Oligarchs: Key Features of Ukraine’s Media Sphere”

Kafkadesk: “Calm before the Storm? Czech media amid the pandemic”

Notes from Poland: “Polish media under the pandemic: fears over financial future and political interference”

Insight Hungary: Index and Independence: How Hungary’s Leading Outlet Became the Target of Political Control

Kafkadesk: “They say we’re the blight of the nation”: LGBTQ activists fear the worst in Slovakia and Hungary

Notes from Poland: Poland’s anti-LGBT campaign explained: 10 questions and answers

Ukraine World: A Long Path To Equality: Where Is Ukraine On LGBT Rights?

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