About ActiveWatch


ActiveWatch Media Monitoring Agency is a human rights organization that militates for free communication for public interest.

How do we fulfill our mission?

  • By developing research, intervention methodologies and work instruments for the four fields of action: freedom of expression, good governance, antidiscrimination and media education;
  • By developing programs, projects, communication and advocacy campaigns, training courses and public events for the promotion of the values of a real democracy in Romania.
  • In collaboration with over 50 local and international partners in 15 countries.
  • With the help of our partners and supporters: individuals, legal entities, institutions, NGOs and companies.


ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency was founded in 1994 as a media monitoring department of the Catavencu Cultural Academy. In July 2006, ActiveWatch became an independent nonprofit organization, legally incorporated as an nonprofit association. ActiveWatch promotes 4 major strategic directions of social intervention: good governance policies, freedom of expression, anti-discrimination and media education .

Since its formation, ActiveWatch functioned as a debate platform for sensitive issues such as: human rights violations, media pressure and lack of transparency of central and local government initiatives. This information is documented and communicated through publications (reports, statements), case studies and press conferences.

As of 2004, we are member of the Reporters Without Borders network. During the accession process, ActiveWatch influenced EU policy towards Romania and actively intervened in the legislative process by promoting freedom of speech, access to information of public interest, accountable and transparent governance practices and equal opportunities in the Romanian society.