Babel Lietuva is the non-governmental organization founded by the group of local journalists dedicated to the development of the discussion culture in Lithuania and analysis of the interlocution between national and European discourses. From 2004 to 2014 it’s members were involved in public discussions on active citizenship, urban culture, LGBTQ rights, labour relations, media transparency in the region.
The organisation acted as a part of Association Babel International – a public body created in Strasbourg in 2001 – and served as a platform for meetings of local researchers and international journalists interested in the cultural and political developments in the Baltics, Belarus, Russia after the enlargement of the European Union.
Since 2004, more than 30 journalists – among them: Sven Becker (Germany), Philippe Jacqué (France), Marc Serena (Spain), Christina Felschen (Germany), Sonia Zhuravlyova (UK), Emmanuel Haddad (Israel), Helene Bienvenu (Hungary), Prune Antoine (France), Cristina Maza (USA) and others – visited the region, performed investigations of local issues and published articles across different media channels. These articles translated to 6 other languages: French, Spanish, Italian, German, Polish and Lithuanian by volunteer CafeBabel.com translators are now available on CafeBabel.lt website.
Babel Lietuva also organised numerous public debates on various social, economic or cultural matters. Debates among representatives of the academy, business and NGO’s, state officials, artists, activists with participation of international journalists were designed to critically measure the impact of the European integration on post-socialist transition and the quality of democracy. Some of these events are documented here, language of the discussion is Lithuanian. Debates & investigations were funded by European Commission, European Parliament, Robert Bosh foundation, Allianz Kulturstiftung, and Culture and Communication Ministry of France.