Free Legal Aid to Journalists and Media in Western Balkan

This bilateral Agreement between BHJA and AJM is established on the base of partnership among four Journalist’s Association from Western Balkans, under the implementation of the pilot project “Free Legal Aid to Journalists and Media in Western Balkan” supported by FPU.

The project is conceived to provide legal aid and services, which will include organize independent professional legal observation at on-going cases before the court and provide legal advice to journalists and media. Also, the project conducts strategic litigation and legal defense of journalists before the courts in cases of criminal offenses or other cases related to violations of the right to freedom of expression in North Macedonia.


The project is conceived to promote freedom of expression and freedom of the media in North Macedonia in line with the European standards. It consists of three components targeting different groups of beneficiaries: I) Legal professionals (judges, prosecutors, police officers, lawyers); ii) the Media Regulatory Authority; iii) Media actors (journalists, journalistic associations, self-regulatory body, students of law and journalism and other media organisations, as well as members of the parliament). The current project builds upon the results achieved and lessons learned during a previous regional EU/CoE JP (JUFREX – Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe).

This project is part of the “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey II”, a joint EU/CoE programme implemented by the Council of Europe, which aims at assisting Beneficiaries in the Western Balkans region and Turkey to comply with the Council of Europe standards and European Union acquis in the framework of the enlargement process, where relevant.


The Association of Journalists of Macedonia in cooperation with Initiative for European Perspective (IEP) and the Institute for peace, security and policy research Konica in the period from December 2019 to December 2020 will implement the project “Building resilience against violent terrorism and extremism through reinforced journalists, media and government officials.” The main objective of this project is to strengthen the capacity of the media and state authorities to communicate violent extremism and terrorism in a way that reduces the threat of it. The AJM budget for the implementation of this project is 34,098 euro.

Key priority of this project is the education of future journalists, professional journalists, editors and broadcasters. Addressing the current challenge of reporting about violent extremism and terrorism that in most cases fails to adequately investigate the radical narrative and, at worst, aids their goals

Sigrid Rausing Trust

The Association of Journalists of Macedonia has been awarded an institutional grant from Sigrid Rausing Trust (SRT) in the amount of 45,000 pounds, it has a duration of 12 months and starts its implementation in June 2019. The purpose of the grant is to help the work of the AJM in the direction of fulfilling the mission and vision of the AJM, as well as the strategic goals of the Association envisaged in the Statute and the three-year strategic plan.

The SRT which is based in London, United Kingdom, was established back in 1995 and functions as a foundation that provides support and financial assistance for the protection of human rights globally.

The purpose of SRT is to promote the values and principles of human rights and freedoms, equality and the rule of law, and to preserve nature from further degradation. The Trust supports advocacy, creativity, research and scholarship to these ends.


The (2020-2023) project is a continuation of the project “Regional Platform for Advocating Media Freedom and Journalists’ Safety in Western Balkans” (2016-2018) financially supported by the European Union. Its implementation involves journalists’ associations and unions from the Western Balkans countries (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Croatia and North Macedonia).

The general goal is to contribute to the strengthening of participatory democracy in the Western Balkans through regional cooperation of professional and responsible civic associations and their active involvement in the policy-making process and monitoring of their implementation.

The short-term specific goals are to contribute to the safety of journalists and media freedoms in the Western Balkans countries through the enhanced role of the Western Balkans Platform members as active and responsible independent actors in creating relevant civil society-supported policies.