October 3, 2019 Print

The Global Communication Network in Montenegro (formerly known as Lucha Institute) just launched the Herald of Freedom Media Outlet, the first liberty-oriented magazine in the country. With both online and print versions, the Global Communication Network hopes to increase its reach to a broader segment of the population and specifically target younger readers with the message of liberty. 

From LGBT issues to the roots of Objectivism, The Herald of Freedom is taking on issues that can create space for a discussion of classical liberalism, which has been branded as “nationalistic” in this small European nation. “The portal quickly became one of the top forums for promoting dialogue for liberty and free speech,” explained Slobodan Franeta of the Global Communication Network. “Today, The Herald of Freedom is seen as the portal for younger generations who are interested in learning more about liberty.” 

Through their research, the Institute was able to determine that over half of Montenegrin youth do not understand the basic principles of economics. The Adam Smith Society section of the portal is tasked with clarifying economic concepts, such as fiscal responsibility, minimal taxation, and pension reform that will help readers understand free markets.

While The Herald is an effective way for young people to learn the ideas of liberty, it is also a means of advocacy and activism. Articles and videos are frequently posted that discuss upcoming policy proposals and current events. For example, unfair regulations on PayPal have been the focal point of the Herald of Freedom’s #PAYPAL4ME campaign, garnering almost 1,000 signatures calling on the government to ease restrictions. 

“The PayPal topic has now become very popular,” continued Franeta, “as governmental regulations are preventing PayPal from entering the market and harming thousands of Montenegrin entrepreneurs, freelancers, and others who work with foreigners.” 

Franeta has been invited to speak on several TV shows to discuss the issue with experts in the field, providing a national audience with a fresh, freedom-oriented perspective.

The Herald of Freedom is strengthening the freedom movement in Montenegro through advocacy and educational resources. A $5,000 grant provided by Atlas Network enabled this project to get off of the ground and has opened the doors to new sources of funding and expansion. “The Herald of Freedom is the first of its kind in Montenegro”, explained Franeta. “Without Atlas Network’s financial and training support, it would have been much more difficult to go forward with this effective and new strategy.”