Our Mission & Vision

The Independent Journalism Center (IJC) is the first non-governmental media organization in the Republic of Moldova. It was founded in 1994 as a project of the Open World House and became an independent organization in 1998. Regarding its legal status, the IJC is a non-profit, apolitical non-governmental organization (NGO).

VISION: Well informed citizens by free and professional media.

MISSION: We promote journalistic standards through training, assistance, public policies, research, and advocacy.

Over the years, the IJC has launched and implemented a number of projects to improve journalists’ working conditions in the Republic of Moldova and the legal framework for the media. In addition, the IJC has undertaken a number of actions to support the freedom of press and solidarity within the guild and to promote professional standards.


  • The IJC supports professional journalism and contributes to the improvement of professional standards of journalists through training and assistance.
  • The IJC contributes to reviewing and improving media legislation and monitors its implementation by relevant authorities through research and by developing public policies.
  • The IJC promotes critical thinking and provides media consumers with tools and resources to understand the risks of misinformation through media education programs.

Along with ongoing thematic programs, we would also like to mention two important annual events organized by the IJC and held under its auspices: Press Freedom Days (in May) and the Press Gala (in December).

In addition to our website, www.cji.md, the IJC administers three additional portals: Media Azi that publishes news from the media field, the Mediacritica portal that promotes media education and critical thinking, and the Moldova Azi portal, a multimedia resource where the public can find and watch all the videos IJC has produced.

The IJC is a member of the South East European Network for Professionalization of the Media (SEENPM), IFEX, and the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD).

Detailed information on projects we have implemented is available at www.cji.md under the heading Our Activity.