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Independent Media is a public interest journal inspired by the great patriot Thomas Paine, author of Common Sense and The Rights of Man. He used his talents to advance the cause of liberty and democracy against distant and unaccountable rulers -- something that's needed now as much as ever. seeks to enrich the national debate on controversial public issues by featuring the ideas, opinions and analyses too often overlooked by the mainstream media. This is accomplished through an on-line journal, article reprints in other publications and unique regular advertisements appearing on the op-ed page of The New York Times. Grants from The Glaser Progress Foundation totalling $70,000 help place these provocative and creative Op Ads approximately every other Wednesday in that newspaper. Op Ads have covered issues as diverse as the war in Iraq, social security, campaign finance reform and the Patriot Act. Since its debut in September 1999, has established itself as a significant media presence by framing issues with a public-interest sensibility. It has promoted controversy, coverage and imitation, while garnering praise from the public and the press alike.

Stichting VOEM
Radio B92 pioneered the use of the Internet as a means of bypassing media repression, won global acclaim for helping bring down a corrupt and violent regime and nurtured a thriving creative scene in Yugoslavia. In 1999, after the Milosevic government confiscated B92's radio transmitter and turned off the station's Internet streaming software, the Foundation provided urgent relocation support to independent and B92 journalists caught in the Kosovo crisis, enabling them to move from exile locations to other parts of Europe and resume broadcasting on the Internet. The Foundation's commitment to Radio B92 has continued through support for the Association of Independent Electronic Media (ANEM) Legal Network and a nationally broadcast weekly radio program for refugees and displaced persons residing in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The Foundation has given $120,600 in grants to Stichting VOEM over the last three years.

Co-founded by musician Peter Gabriel, WITNESS strengthens grassroots advocacy by making video and technology tools available to human rights defenders and mobilizes public concern and activism in order to move human rights issues to the forefront of political debate. WITNESS has partnered with over 150 groups from 50 countries to use video to overcome political, economic and physical barriers, and expose human rights abuses to the world via television, grassroots advocacy and Internet broadcasting. In May 1999, the Foundation awarded WITNESS a $61,000 grant to train and equip five Kosovar Albanian journalists so that they could enter Kosovo and document human rights abuses there by capturing witness testimonies and human rights conditions on video. The results of this project were disseminated through the Internet and other media. The Foundation has continued its commitment to WITNESS with grants of $50,000 in 2000 and 2001.

The Human Rights Project at Bard College
The Human Rights Project at Bard College, in collaboration with the New York-based International Center for Transitional Justice, has created a comprehensive video archive of the landmark war crimes trial of Slobodan Milosevic, accessible on the Internet. As the dramatic case against the former Yugoslav President -- the first head-of-state to face an international trial for crimes against humanity and genocide -- unfolds at the UN's International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague (Netherlands), the archived on-line broadcast will bring the proceedings daily to thousands of viewers worldwide. The trial, which began on February 12, is the most significant war crimes case in Europe since the Nazi prosecutions at Nuremberg. The initiative -- funded in part by a $37,000 matching grant from GPF -- will also create a permanent archive of high quality digital video for the use of researchers, including broadcast and print journalists, filmmakers, scholars and students.

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