A panel of judges comprising media professionals met on 16 April 2015 to pre-select 22 projects out of the 135 applicants eligible for the 2015 EBTICAR-Média project. Project leaders will soon be receiving invitations to attend the final selection board in Beirut.
In February 2015, with financial assistance from the European Union, CFI launched the second EBTICAR-Média call for projects aimed at supporting further development of online media in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, the Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.
This second call follows in the wake of the first call, which was launched in 2014, after which 11 projects were selected. All 11 projects received funding of between EUR 35 000 and 75 000, and their progress is currently being monitored.
Within the context of this second call, CFI received 256 applications. Of those, 135 were eligible and were closely examined by a panel of judges composed of senior members of CFI and the latter's partners ( Babelmed, the Anna Lindh Foundation and the Samir Kassir Foundation), as well as the expert Laurent Giacobino.
The panel short-listed 22 projects and the final selection will be made in Beirut from 2 to 6 June 2015, as part of the series of events to mark the tenth anniversary of the death of the journalist Samir Kassir.
Al Dahriya Network for Community Media / Palestine
One Voice "Cooperation of Electronic Community Media in the Palestinian Territories"
Alhudood.net / Regional
Online Satire for an Online Generation
Alternatives pour un monde différent section la Tunisie / Algeria, Egypt, Morocco
Cyber-sécurité pour les acteurs des médias en Algérie, en Égypte et au Maroc
Bassita / Egypt
Enab Baladi / Syria
Syrian Publications Archive
Eskenderella for Arts Management / Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco
Fanar – the Electronic Platform for Independent Arts in North Africa
Gudran for Art and Development / Egypt
H2O for supporting democratic transition and engagement of youth / Libya
Eye on Municipality Platform
Information and Research Center - King Hussein Foundation / Jordan
Promoting Accurate and Unbiased Media Tools in Jordan
KnoozRoom / Lebanon
Libyan Center for Freedom of Press / Libya
Bilad Media Network
Mideast Youth / Regional
Mideast Tunes Radio
Multimedia Network / Palestine - Regional
Naharnet operated by Telenahar SAL / Lebanon - Regional
Pulse media / Morocco
Le desk (V.2)
Sakker El Dekkene / Lebanon
Sakkera through open data
SAMAR Media / Regional
SAMAR Media reaches out to its "Citizens"
SMEX & Partners / Regional
Enhancing the Muwaten Raqamy/Digital Citizen Newsletter
SyriaUntold / Syria
Cities in Revolution
Welad ElBalad Media LTD / Egypt
Two projects in Algeria and Syria wish to remain anonymous.
After that meeting, the best initiatives will once again be rewarded with mentoring by CFI and financial support of between EUR 30 to 60 000.
The EBTICAR-Média project is run by CFI in partnership with the Babelmed (Italy) Mediterranean portal, the Samir Kassir Foundation (Lebanon) and Anna Lindh Foundation (Egypt), together with technical support from Expertise France.
The EBTICAR-Média project is part of the " 4M, journalism and social media" programme that CFI has been running in the Arab countries, Africa, the Balkans, the Caucasus and Southeast Asia for the past three years, offering meetings, training courses, consultancy services and both technical and editorial mentoring to traditional online media or pure players.