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openDemocracy is an independent global media platform publishing up to 60 articles a week and attracting over 7 million visits per year.

Through reporting and analysis of social and political issues, openDemocracy seeks to educate citizens to challenge power and encourage democratic debate across the world. With human rights as our central guiding focus, and open-mindedness as our method, we ask tough questions about freedom, justice and democracy.

We help those fighting for their rights gain the agency to make their case and to inspire action.

Our biggest investigative project yet probed the ultra-conservative, far-right and anti-democratic forces that were seeking to influence the outcome of the European Parliamentary elections 2019: read more here.

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openDemocracy projects

Investigative journalism and critical commentary challenging the exclusion of women's and LGBTIQ voices from public debates around the world.

Beyond Trafficking and Slavery explores the root causes of forced labour, trafficking and slavery with academic rigour and journalistic clarity.

We monitor the crisis in European democracy, looking across our borders to clarify the dangers and envision a different future.

Who is bankrolling British politics? We want to get past donor anonymity to find out the whole story.

A global platform that publishes voices influencing the debate on democracy, human rights and civil liberties in Latin America, Europe and beyond.

digitaLiberties is openDemocracy's debate on democracy, freedom, privacy and the digital age.

Analysis and reporting reflecting the vibrant diversity of voices, cultures and peoples in a region often reduced to a homogeneous whole.

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Reportage, comment and analysis of the progressive agenda in Eurasia.

openDemocracyUK covers the unfolding crisis in Britain's democracy, its root causes and the injustices which stem from it.

The UK justice system is under threat. openJustice explores the impact on people, society and democracy.

Committed to a comprehensive, universal, publicly funded and owned National Health Service for the UK, breaking the stories other media miss.

UK investigative reporting on immigration detention and removal, deaths in state care or custody, prisons and child prisoners, outsourcing and austerity.

Transformation publishes great writing at the intersection of the personal and political, believing that deep change is possible where love meets social justice.

Putting people, planet and power at the centre of the debate about our economic future.

openDemocracy and the Fund for Global Human Rights have collaborated on a series exploring what human rights activists need from their allies to effectively enact lasting social change.

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Репортажи, комментарии и аналитика о событиях на пост-советском пространстве.

Una plataforma global que publica voces que influyen en el debate sobre la democracia, los derechos humanos y las libertades civiles en América Latina, Europa y más allá.

Beyond Trafficking and Slavery explores the root causes of forced labour, trafficking and slavery with academic rigour and journalistic clarity.

صفحة مختصة بتغطية وتحليل منطقة شمال افريقيا وغرب آسيا ومساحة للنقاش والتعبير تجمع أصوات مختلفة من المنطقة.

Uma plataforma global que publica vozes que influenciam o debate sobre democracia, direitos humanos e liberdades civis na América Latina, Europa e além.

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We are valued as an independent voice filling gaps not covered by other media

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We influence the media

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We harness the openness of the internet

By publishing with Creative Commons licensing, we extend the reach of our articles far beyond our own website and readership, as they are cross-posted, referenced and translated into other languages.

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openDemocracy also works with Neo Philanthropy (a registered 501(c)3 organisation) as a US-based fiscal sponsor. In the role of fiscal sponsor, Neo acts as an umbrella organisation for a project and accepts and administers funds on its behalf. If you are interested in providing a grant or donation through our fiscal sponsor please email our head of finance and risk, Daniel Garay.

Executive

openDemocracy's first Editor-in-Chief was its co-founder Anthony Barnett (2001-2007). He was succeeded by Tony Curzon Price (2007-2012), and then by Magnus Nome (2012-2014). Mary Fitzgerald is the current Editor-in-Chief.

Anthony was also the first Editor. He handed over the editorship to Isabel Hilton (2005-2007); Tony Curzon Price become Editor in 2007 and handed over this role to Rosemary Bechler in 2010. Rosemary continues as Main Site Editor.

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