Loans for free media
Your gift will go into our loan pool to help independent journalists buy printing presses and broadcasting equipment. In eastern Russia, the state monopoly printing house tried to force the independent daily Yakutsk Vecherny out of business by charging inflated prices and banning issues that criticized the authorities. When it finally refused to print the newspaper at all, and with the next printing house more...
Empower the Press
Loan for a printing press
Your gift will go into our loan pool to help independent publishers buy printing presses and printing equipment. In 1996, SME was Slovakia’s only independent daily newspaper when it received MDLF’s very first loan. SME was barred from every printing house in the capital Bratislava but with MDLF financing it bought its own printing press and broke the government's control over what news the public...
Your gift will pay for a media leader to spend one day with a colleague who has found a solution to a common problem. For example, independent publisher Altapress from the Siberia region of Russia helped Krestyanin newspaper in Rostov-on-Don develop a publishing structure that provided it with a solid economic foundation from which to grow. In return, Altapress drew inspiration from Krestyanin’s editorial innovations...
Plan For the Future
Your gift will provide a leading journalist with one hour of one-on-one consultancy with a specialist analyst to produce a business plan for their company. Working on a business plan not only helped Mail & Guardian in South Africa plan for the future, it also helped it identify newspaper distribution as a problem that had to be addressed. As Financial Director Hoosain Karjieker said: “The...
Spread the Word
News for 36 people
Your gift of $50 can provide 36 people in a transitional country with access to independent news for one year*. MDLF financing helped the journalists who founded elPeriodico, Guatemala’s leading source of investigative journalism, buy back majority ownership of the paper from a large media group, narrowly averting a loss of control. With MDLF’s help, they transformed the daily into a viable, stand-alone company while...