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About us

The Independent Journalism Center (IJC) is a non-government, non-profit, non-political private institution that provides assistance to journalists and media outlets in the Republic of Moldova. The IJC mission is to facilitate the development of an informed society by strengthening a free and viable press, including new media, by means of projects that provide education in journalism and public relations, advocacy media campaigns, research, media literacy, and non-profit journalistic products.

The IJC was established in 1994 as a project of the Open World House and in 1998 became an independent organization. It is supported by the British Embassy and its Department for International Development (DFID), the United States (US) Embassy and the United States Agency for International Development (​​USAID), the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) Moldova, the  Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the MATRA Program of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Free Press Unlimited (Netherlands), Civil Rights Defenders (former Helsinki Committee for Human Rights Sweden), East Europe Foundation, the Media Program of the Open Society Institute, School of Journalism of the University of Missouri (US), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA/ASDI), Soros Foundation – Moldova and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) among others.

Since February 2000, the IJC has been a member of the South East European Network for Professionalization of the Media (SEENPM), and since June 2001it has been a member of the International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX).

The various activities organized by the IJC include two major annual events it initiated and conducts: Press Freedom Day (held in May) and the Press Gala (held in December). As an institution dedicated to transparency, the IJC invites anyone interested to browse its activity reports and financial audits on line.

Founders’ Assembly:

  • Nicolae Negru
  • Alexandru Canţîr
  • Angela Sîrbu

Members of the Administration Council:

  • Rodica Mahu  
  • Igor  Cașu
  • Dumitru Ciorici  
  • Mihail Sirkeli  
  • Ruslan Mihalevschi  
  • Vadim Șterbate  
  • Liudmila Topal
  • Mariana Rață

Members of the Supervisory Council:

  • Alexei Buzu
  • Elena Prohnițchi
  • Arcadie Barbăroșie