Foundation for Civic Monitoring OKO
Outcome:
organisational grant
City (headquarters):
Warszawa
Voivodeship (headquarters):
mazowieckie
Dates:
01-05-2022 - 30-04-2024
Status:
in progess
Project cost:
100 000 EUR
Funding:
100 000 EUR
Outreach:
nationwide

The OKO Foundation Centre for Civic Control runs the websites: OKO.press, Osiatyński Archive and Rule of Law in Poland. It supports the development of civil society and upholds the principles of democracy and human and civil freedoms and rights. OKO monitors observance of the law by public authorities and public figures, initiates important topics in the public debate, advocates for the rule of law and democracy in Poland, fights disinformation and fact-checking, conducts journalistic investigations. OKO.press is an independent nationwide civic medium with 6.3 million page views per month. In 2021, it published 559 materials on the judiciary and the state of the rule of law, 474 texts on human rights, 221 materials on protests (demonstrations on government policy, COVID-19 pandemic, tightening of abortion law, SLAPP). It conducted 196 fact-checks, while in February 2021 it introduced a new format – debunking, i.e. verifying commonly popular claims and theories. Throughout 2021, 30 debunkings were published. The Osiatyński Archive alone published 393 articles in 2021 on topics related to the rule of law and the state of the Polish judiciary. As part of the organizational grant, OKO will refresh the way in which the Osiatyński Archive and the English-language Rule of Law in Poland service operate, with the aim of accurately monitoring, recording and reporting on the behaviour of people and authorities and thereby influencing change in this behaviour and helping voters to make more informed decisions. The Archive will become a think tank, networked with other institutions dealing with the subject of the rule of law in Poland and around the world. This will allow a regular flow of knowledge concerning the rule of law in Poland and the EU in Polish and English in the form of quarterly published reports, popularising the subject and multimedia materials reaching a wide community.

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