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September 20, 2021 / 18:08

The Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation launches the Investigative Journalism Program "Truth has such power" - the first one in Poland and in CEE region

The Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation launches the Investigative Journalism Program

From September 20, 2021, investigative journalists from all over Poland may apply for grants for their projects under the Investigative Journalism Program created by the Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation. This is the first program of assistance in financing investigative journalism in the country and in Central and Eastern Europe. It is open to anyone specializing in this field of journalism. The Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation invites all interested to the Program with the slogan "Truth has such power" and "There would be no story if not for the journalistic investigation".

- The Investigative Journalism Program aims to help independent journalists and newspaper offices in need of uport in journalistic investigations. We would like to strongly support this genre of journalism not only because it is extremely difficult and expensive nowadays, but most of all because investigative journalism is especially needed by Polish citizens in the face of growing authoritarianism, disappearing freedom in public life and the lack of any responsibility of the authorities for any kind of abuses. We would like to read materials contributing to positive change in the Polish social, political and economic reality. We are convinced that journalism is of key importance for the defense of democracy, and investigative journalism especially serves the public interest - explains Joanna Krawczyk, president of the Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation, who also manages the Wyborcza Philanthropic Group. - Our Foundation will also financially support the legal defense of journalists and editorial offices attacked and sued for exposing corruption scandals, for revealing violations of law and social contracts. In the first place, this applies to people who will receive a grant from our Program.

- Investigative journalism is the more necessary, the worse it is with democracy in Poland, especially when independent institutions of power control are almost non-existent. Power grows out, we must all be protected against its abuses. This is the mission of the media - says Piotr Stasiński, a longtime deputy editor-in-chief of „Gazeta Wyborcza”, today an advisor to the Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation.
- We believe that the Investigative Journalism Program should be your program. Dear Readers, you should continue to support this work, because thanks to you and also for you we are pursuing this profession. That many Polish journalists, not only from "Gazeta Wyborcza", could devote themselves to this hard work. And all this so that we are conscious citizens who are able to hold arrogant authorities to account.

Experienced journalists, freelancers and editorial offices from all over Poland can apply for support under the Program. Grant applications can be individual and team-based. The program is open to people living in Poland and cooperating with Polish media, although projects can be implemented in cooperation with media from other EU countries.

Support is available for any type of journalism - press article, documentary, radio, TV or podcast, photo reportage, as well as a non-fiction book.

- Today, „Gazeta Wyborcza” has ca. 260 thou. digital subscribers who appreciate the work of its journalists. We want to develop the salt of journalism, i.e. investigative reports, in our country as widely as possible - says Piotr Stasiński. - That is why we also invite journalists and editorial teams, with whom we usually compete, to the Program. We all understand better and better how important the solidarity of the free press is when the authoritarian government tries, step by step, to suppress the independent media. Recent dramatic examples are the takeover of Polska Press by Orlen and the attack on TVN.

The grant committee is made up of 30 distinguished editorial staff, academia and intellectuals dealing with law-abidingness and human rights. Among them are: Tomasz Sekielski, Ewa Ewart, Edwin Bendyk, Agata Szczęśniak, Piotr Pacewicz, Paweł Ławiński, Maciej Głogowski, Ewa Milewicz, Maciej Okraszewski. The committee is chaired by Piotr Stasiński. The program is managed operationally by Daniela Werbeniec, who takes care of communication and special projects in the Foundation.

The Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation was established on the initiative of „Gazeta Wyborcza” as an independent non-profit organization to develop valuable media projects and pursue important social goals. The Foundation continues the social initiatives of „Gazeta Wyborcza” - social campaigns, civic projects, actions for the freedom of the media, improving the quality of journalism, education and critical thinking.

The Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation also finances the editorial projects of „Gazeta Wyborcza”, such as the English-language website News from Poland and a special newsletter Democracy at Stake. It also supports the development of the School of Editors of "Gazeta Wyborcza" and co-sponsors the Krzysztof Miller Award for the courage to look - the photo competition of "Gazeta Wyborcza":

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