These cartoonists are fighting threats to media freedom in Europe

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Right now 15 journalists are working with 15 cartoonists from 15 different countries across the European Union to highlight the intimidation, threats and uphill climb some storytellers face when reporting in Europe.

Earlier this month they spent a week together at Zirkus Zack in Berlin. Those are the pictures you see here in this article.

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It’s the work of the Media Freedom Ambassadors, a group of young journalists from countries across Europe assembled by the Brussels-based European Youth Press.

Ambassadors using #FreeOurMedia in social media come from

  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Montenegro
  • Poland
  • Belarus
  • Russia
  • Hungary
  • Germany
  • Romania
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Czech Republic
  • Armenia
  • United KingdomMacedonia (FYR)
  • Denmark

The European Youth Press is a coalition of more than 25 youth media organizations across the continent. 

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To spread 10,000 copies of the comic book across Europe, EYP sought €7,500 on Indiegogo.

That campaign seems doomed to fail. With eight days to go, five funders have only given about $100. But that’s not the end of the story.

Ambassadors still plan to create website for Index on Censorship that helps journalists combat forces that wish to silence journalists.

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Khari Johnson
Khari is founder and editor of Through the Cracks: Crowdfunding in Journalism. He also writes about bots and artificial intelligence for VentureBeat. He has built news startups in the U.S. and Europe for the last decade.

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