European Association of Daily Newspapers

The European Assoc​​iation of Daily Newspapers in Minority and Regional Languages (MIDAS) was formed in the year 2001 following the proposal of editors-in-chief from more than 10 l​anguage communities throughout Europe in order to coordinate their strategies and to stimulate cooperation in the areas of information exchange, printing, and marketing.

Newspapers from Spain to Finland and Denmark to Romania have already joined MIDAS, and organization continues to grow. The existence of daily newspapers in minority and regional languages is crucial. We know from our own experience the central role such publications play in the life of minority language communities. They provide a vital daily service that national newspapers offer in majority languages, bu​t this is not their only function. Often, they also protect and promote marginalized cultures, which in turn help to maintain and extend the scope of their written languages. These publications make minorities visible to the majority, which often remains ignorant of them.

Over 50 million people in the European Union speak a language other than the official language of their country. The European dimension opens up opportunities for cooperation between minority daily newspapers throughout the continent and for support from EU institutions for minority languages and their print media. National states still violate minority rights and the freedom of the press. MIDAS, as a network, intervenes to avoid all kinds of violence in solving minority issues. To serve these functions properly, MIDAS provides opportunities such as study visit programmes for journalists in order to develop knowledge through exchange of information and report on minority protection and cultural diversity in Europe.

Minorities must find a peaceful way to get their voice heard. The existence of quality independent journalism is a fundamental principle of our daily work. In acknowledgement of those journalists who set journalistic standards and make particular contributions to cultural diversity and the protection of minority languages, MIDAS awards the Otto von Habsburg Prize and the Midas Prize for Journalism.

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⏰ Just 6 more days! The clock is ticking on the last opportunity to apply for #NewsSpectrum fellowships for EU minority-language media.

Grants support reporting projects and professional fellowships w/ majority-lang media. Deadline Sept 27!

More: https://t.co/oUEKSa0Oyk https://t.co/y3rTtt9Cfz
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👏🥳Congratulations to all our fellows! Enjoy your fellowships! For those of you who want to apply for the last round of #NewsSpectrum, do so at: https://t.co/Bsg91L8Wwy until🗓️ 27 September. https://t.co/UAZHOJa7jt

Apply, apply and apply for #NewsSpectrum fellowships! 👌😃✨ https://t.co/59u6qUIud7
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⏰ Just 1⃣ week left! Applications for #NewsSpectrum fellowships for EU minority-language journalists are due Sept. 27. This is the FINAL round in 2021, so don't wait!

Apply here: https://t.co/oUEKSaipWU https://t.co/ym9XWOt97i

⏰ Just 1⃣ week left! Applications for #NewsSpectrum fellowships for EU minority-language journalists are due Sept. 27. This is the FINAL round in 2021, so don't wait!

Apply here: https://t.co/oUEKSaipWU https://t.co/ym9XWOt97i
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What an inspiring and moving last speech of @khadijapatel at the #IPIWoCo 2021! ✨ https://t.co/uXN8OCorQd
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Hopeful, moving words from new IPI Chair @khadijapatel to ring out the #IPIWoCo 2021.

"Journalism is a bridge to accountability, to a more equitable future, and to each other. Journalism must endure because human beings must endure." https://t.co/NyZh6lA66J