BERLIN - From 31 January till 1 February Berlin hosts the Uncovered - Investigative journalism for Europe conference. 
Ides Debruyne, managing director of Journalismfund.eu (organisation behind the Pascal Decroos Fund) was asked to participate in a debate about the financial side of investigative journalism. 

At the conference, participants will discuss the political conditions for investigative journalism which is crucial for media freedom and democracy itself. How to create an enabling environment for this kind of reporting in a climate where economic needs and political interference are the new normal. 

Two years ago, the European Parliament initiated a special fund to be spent exclusively on cross-border investigative journalism, the #IJ4EU. The grants from this fund, launched by the ECPMF and managed by International Press Institute (IPI), were awarded to twelve transnational teams from across Europe. 

The UNCOVERED conference will give a stage to grantees present the results of their work. Topics vary from continuing the work of murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, to the misuse of EU funds in Romania and Bulgaria, and the disappearance of 10,000 migrant children in Europe – to name but a few.

Ides Debruyne, founder of Journalismfund.eu, will participate in a panel discussion Straight Talking: How to Finance Investigative Journalism.  

source: ECPMF - Uncovered

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BRUSSEL - Also in 2020 you can apply for a grant for your investigative journalism project. € 240,000 is provided, spread over 4 rounds. Reports in daily and weekly newspapers, online longreads, podcasts, documentaries, ... the Pascal Decroos Fund supports in-depth journalism in all its forms.