Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The alliances that Free Press Unlimited (merger organisation of Press Now and Free Voice) will be taking part in over the next five years – Hivos’s People Unlimited 4.1 and IKV Pax Christi’s Freedom from Fear – have been awarded 74% and 84% respectively of the applied-for subsidies.

Free Press Unlimited director Leon Willems is relieved: “We are happy to see that the State Secretary of Foreign Affairs realises the necessity of our work. Although we will receive less than we had applied for, we will rely on our creativity and our adaptability to fully dedicate ourselves over the next five years to the promotion of press freedom and freedom of expression around the world.”

For Free Press Unlimited and its partners, the outcome of the subsidy round marks the end of a tense wait. This subsidy determines to a large extent the support that Free Press Unlimited can offer in the coming period to journalists and media under pressure.

All in all, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made over EUR 2,215,000,000 available for international collaboration. There were 43 applications, for a total amount of EUR 3,698,457,738.