DRL Promoting and Protecting Media Freedom in Bangladesh

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Funding Opportunity ID:330345
Opportunity Number:SFOP0007480
Opportunity Title:DRL Promoting and Protecting Media Freedom in Bangladesh
Opportunity Category:Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type:Grant
Category of Funding Activity:Other (see text field entitled “Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity” for clarification)
Category Explanation:Democracy Fund/Human Rights Democracy Fund
CFDA Number(s):19.345
Eligible Applicants:Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility:DRL welcomes applications from U.S.-based and foreign-based non-profit organizations/nongovernment organizations (NGO) and public international organizations; private, public, or state institutions of higher education; and for-profit organizations or businesses. DRL's preference is to work with non-profit entities; however, there may be some occasions when a for-profit entity is best suited.
Agency Code:DOS-DRL
Agency Name:Department of State
Bureau of Democracy Human Rights and Labor
Posted Date:Dec 11, 2020
Close Date:Jan 28, 2021
Last Updated Date:Dec 11, 2020
Award Ceiling:$750,000
Award Floor:$700,000
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Expected Number of Awards:1
Description:The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for projects that advance freedom of expression in Bangladesh. Journalists and human rights defenders in Bangladesh are routinely arrested, detained, or imprisoned for criticizing the government, defamation, or offending religious sentiments. Authorities have increased online censorship, blocked websites critical of the government, and surveil social media for dissent. DRL's goal is to help uphold the Bangladesh’s commitment to freedom of the press as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human rights, and help ensure that human rights defenders and journalists are safe from censorship and harassment from government and police. DRL’s objective is to provide organizations with the tools necessary to empower civil society to promote media freedom, including online, despite the current restrictive legal framework. Possible program approaches could include: • Develop and implement a small grants program to fund, train, and mentor independent media entities and improve their physical and digital security; • Conduct trainings on topics such as journalistic skill-building in reporting, writing, editing, and filming; ethical journalism; countering disinformation; and countering harassment in the workplace, especially in rural or underserved areas; • Increase citizens’ ability to access, identify, and consume non-biased, fact-based information; • Provide legal support and emergency support to human rights defenders (including civil society and journalists) that face unfair arrests. Proposed programming must be responsive to immediate needs on the ground and in line with the U.S. Government’s democracy, governance, and human rights goals in Bangladesh; and should contribute to and support Bangladesh’s efforts to strengthen democracy, governance, and human rights in the country.
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