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General Purposes

PRIMA Human Rights Information Agency

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period March 1, 2002–February 29, 2004
  • Location Moscow, Russia
  • Geographic Focus Russia, Russia

About this grant

The PRIMA Human Rights News Agency, launched in February 2000, has developed an effective service providing information on human rights in the former Soviet Union and other countries where human rights abuses are frequent. This service is primarily aimed at Russian media, but is also available to non-governmental organizations (NGOs), governmental agencies, international organizations and individual activists.Multiyear funding will enable PRIMA to pursue goals that include increasing direct contacts with representatives of the press; expanding the correspondent network; improving efficiency; expanding the number of subscribers to the Web site; and developing self-sufficiency.PRIMA currently has 187 permanent subscribers; its news items are regularly used by 91 central and regional Russian newspapers, 26 regional Russian television stations, and 17 Russian and foreign radio stations. In order to deliver up-to-date news and information, PRIMA has established a correspondent network of reporters from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Uzbekistan and Cuba.