Solidarity Academy is an international project aimed at inspiring and supporting the development of the young intellectual elites across Europe. The project’s title refers to the Polish social movement Solidarność (Solidarity) and the peaceful socio-political transformations that took place in Poland and other countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

Solidarity Academy 2020 - Tackling prejudice

The 2020 edition of the Solidarity Academy will focus on prejudice and how it affects the work of journalists in the 21st century in Central and Eastern Europe. Prejudice which can be related to historical background between nations/ethnic groups, prejudice against marginalised groups in the society, as well as prejudice towards a different opinion. In the recent years Europe has seen an escalating polarisation in societies and the growing lack of mutual understanding between different groups. Journalists often become part of this phenomenon, taking sides rather than focusing on ethical and objective reporting. Prejudice can lead to discrimination and hostility and can be effectively countered by a dialogue between different groups. Instances of hate speech against migrants, racial and ethnic minorities, and other groups have been on the increase in the region, often promoted in the media and on social networks. Media and journalists play a critical role in reporting on and challenging prejudice in the society, they also have a crucial role in raising awareness of the harm caused by negative stereotyping.

During this edition of Solidarity Academy we will focus on finding ways how to tackle prejudice by inviting young and promising journalists, scholars or bloggers from Visegrad Group, Balkan and Eastern Partnership countries who believe in ethical and unbiased reporting and who are interested in obtaining skills necessary to respond to the challenges they face in writing about difficult socio-political issues such as intercultural tensions, ethnic conflicts, vulnerable groups.

partners of the project
| The Jan Nowak-Jeziorański College of Eastern Europe in Wroclaw – editorial office of New Eastern Europe (Poland), Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (Czech Republic), Szépírók Társasága (Hungary), Balkans, let’s get up! Organisation (Serbia), Media Development Foundation (Ukraine)

The project is funded by International Visegrad Fund

| Joanna Szymańska, e-mail: