Open Caucasus Media brings you news, commentary, multimedia, and investigations from the North and South Caucasus, with in-depth analysis of the issues, movements, conflicts, and people shaping the region.
We pride ourselves on our commitment to ethical journalism and our core values:
Integrity — We are politically independent; our funding (from donors and our readers) is conditional on maintaining editorial independence and a commitment to our values. In our reporting, we strive to be unbiased, accurate, honest, and to follow the truth wherever it leads.
Justice — We are committed to social and economic justice for all.
Peace — In a region touched by intercommunal and interstate conflict, we stand by our commitment to peace.
Inclusivity — We stand for equality for all and give voice to all the diverse people of the Caucasus.
Cooperation — With our network of partners in the media and other sectors, we believe in cooperation over competition.
We need your support
Support Open Caucasus Media to help us make a difference. We at OC Media pride ourselves on our editorial independence and our commitment to our values. Sustaining our existence is not an easy task — as with most online media in the region, we rely on international donors to help make ends meet. We will never sacrifice our independence to political or business interests, which means one day we might not be able to afford to be there for you anymore.
The content created by OC Media is published with the support of a number of donors. It is the sole responsibility of OC Media and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of our donors.
Your support is crucial for us to keep delivering unbiased information, speaking up against injustice, and giving a voice to all the diverse people of the Caucasus, following the truth wherever it leads us.
OC Media currently receives most of the revenue we need to survive from international donors. While we would never allow any donor to dictate our editorial policy, we remain vulnerable to their funding schedules and changing priorities.
We have received funding from the European Endowment for Democracy, the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the Open Society Foundations, the National Endowment for Democracy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the Black Sea Trust, the European Journalism Centre, the Embassy of the Netherlands in Tbilisi, the Embassy of Switzerland in Tbilisi, as well as the joint EU–UNDP initiative, the Confidence Building Early Response Mechanism (COBERM) for 2021.
In 2020, our spending was financed from the following sources:
It’s our priority for 2021 to consolidate our funding sources, to increase our independence from donors, and to finance a portion of our budget from monetisation, i.e. donations, meeting space rental, training services, merchandise. All monetisation initiatives except donations have been stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The content created and published by OC Media is the sole responsibility of OC Media and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of our donors.