Global Forum for Media Development

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Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

Lobbying Costs

None declared

Financial year: Jan 2023 - Dec 2023

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

1 Fte (3)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation


High-level Commission meetings


Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    Global Forum for Media Development   (GFMD)

    EU Transparency Register

    406057138984-97 First registered on 15 Jul 2020

    Goals / Remit

    The Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) is an international network of over 180 journalism support and media development organisations working in around 70 countries. Established in 2005 in Amman, Jordan, and based in Brussels, GFMD’s core value is to support the creation and strengthening of journalism and free, independent, sustainable, and pluralistic news ecosystems, as defined by the declarations of UNESCO at conferences in Windhoek, Almaty, Santiago de Chile, Sana’a, and Sofia. Its main focus is to ensure proper collaboration as well as an exchange of information and experience among its members to create a strong, independent, and pluralistic media environment, which contributes to the development of empowered societies. Its secretariat is based in Brussels. It has played a fundamental role in global advocacy initiatives aimed at including access to information in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Main EU files targeted

    European Democracy Action Plan; Digital Services Act, Rule of Law Mechanism, Freedom of Expression and Media Plurality policies, Digital Markets Act, Transparency and targeting of political advertising, Artificial Intelligence Act, EU action against abusive litigation (SLAPPs), European Media Freedom Act.


    Head Office
    Rond Point Schuman 6
    Brussels 1040
    EU Office
    Rond Point Schuman 6
    Brussels 1040


  • People

    Total lobbyists declared


    Employment timeLobbyists

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)


    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    All Lobbyists with EP accreditation over time

    1 accreditations were / are live (in bold) for the selected state of 20 May 2024

    Name Start date End Date
    Laura BECANA BALL 04 Nov 2023 31 Oct 2024
    Laura BECANA BALL 18 Oct 2022 14 Oct 2023

    Complementary Information

    None declared

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

    Person with legal responsibility

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

  • Categories


    Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

  • Networking


    Christchurch Call Advisory Network-

    Dynamic Coalition on the Sustainability of Journalism and News Media (DC-Sustainability) at Internet Governance Forum:

    Global Network Initiative (GNI) -

    Media Freedom Coalition - Consultative Network (MFC-CN)

    Transparency, Accountability, and Participation (TAP) Network

    Team Europe Democracy (TED Network) working group 3 on digital and media:

    UN Consultative Status - In July 2018, GFMD was formally granted special consultative status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). In June 2022, GFMD was granted observer status at UNESCO. GFMD is an NGO in official partnership with UNESCO (consultative status).

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Does not represent commercial interests

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2023 - Dec 2023

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year

    Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

    Total organisational budget in closed year


    Major funding types in closed year

    Grants, Member's contribution

    Major contributions in closed year

    Contribution Member's contribution 108,688€
    Contribution National Endowment for Democracy 89,351€
    Contribution Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation 102,551€
    Contribution Open Society Foundation 243,643€
    Contribution DW Akademie 29,909€
    Contribution Isocrates Foundation 18,332€
    Contribution UNESCO 17,650€
    Contribution Internews 27,342€
    Contribution BBC Media Action 50,153€

    Other financial info

    None declared

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)


    Groups (European Parliament)


    Communication activities

    GFMD exists as a knowledge platform for the global media development community, where we leverage multi-sectoral expertise to provide the most current and practical knowledge and experience to our network. Together with over 180 members and partners working across more than 70 countries, we act together to support journalism and media through collaboration, knowledge exchange, and advocacy and seek to foster viable and independent journalism, greater transparency, and more pluralistic media environments.

    Established in 2020 by GFMD, the EU Media Advocacy Working Group (WG) is an informal network for organisations within journalism support, media development, digital rights, media freedom, and wider democracy support communities conducting advocacy work within EU institutions on media-related issues.

    Examples of GFMD's EU communication activities are the following articles and initiatives:
    Open letter to EU policymakers to strengthen media freedom -
    Joint Statement on the Proposal for the European Media Freedom Act -
    The European Media Freedom Act: what’s at stake? -
    Briefing Breakfast on the European Media Freedom Act

    Other activities

    None declared

  • Meetings


    2 meetings found. Download meetings

    The list below only covers meetings held since November 2014 with commissioners, their cabinet members or directors-general at the European Commission; other lobby meetings with lower-level staff may have taken place, but the European Commission doesn't proactively publish information about these meetings. For more information about which commissioner is responsible for which portfolio, check out this link: All information below comes from European Commission web pages.

    • Date 24 May 2023 Location videoconference call
      Subject European Media Freedom act
      Cabinet Cabinet of Vice-President Věra Jourová
      Portfolio Values and Transparency
      • Marie Frenay (Cabinet member)
    • Date 29 Oct 2020 Location Brussels
      Subject State Aid in Hungary
      Cabinet Cabinet of Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager
      Portfolio Europe Fit for Digital Age
      • Margrethe Vestager (Executive Vice-President)
      Other Lobbyists
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