EnabBaladi – Articles of Incorporation
Those articles were adopted by EnabBaladi’s General Assembly Board on 30th of January 2015.
Article 1: The name of the organization and its identity
EnabBaladi is an independent non-governmental non-profit Syrian media organization. It was established in December 2011 after the outbreak of the Syrian Revolution. It was launched from the city of Daraya in Damascus suburbs, Syria.
Article 2: The organization’s headquarters and authorization
The permanent headquarters of the organization are in the city of Daraya and the temporary one is Turkey. EnabBaladi’s headquarters can be changed through a decision from board of directors and trustees with a ratification from the General Advisory board with majority of votes.
The organization will be registered when possible in Syria. Until then, it will be registered in any country that permits registration of Syrian organizations. The organization is an independent legal entity with independent financial books. The organization can own assets and open bank accounts in its name in accordance with country of registration rules.
Article 3: The objectives of the organization
EnabBaladi is a non-profit civil society organization aims to support democracy, enhance values and principles of civil society in addition to human rights. It works on implementation development and media projects. The most important of which is EnabBaladi weekly newspaper (an independent political, social, cultural, and miscellaneous newspaper).
Enabbaldi newspaper aims at:
- Serving as free platform for young Syrian writers to publish their ideas and opinions.
- Providing balanced, accurate and objective coverage of events in Syria.
- Acting as monitoring authority over regimes ruling Syria and over political, military and civil components of the Syrian society.
- Urging the public to participate in developing society and activate its role to pressure ruling regimes.
- Originating an atmosphere of constructive cultural dialogue on the level of Syrian society.
- Reconstructing public concepts which the political regime had falsified and distorted.
- Spreading principles of democracy, justice, equality and freedom in addition to principles of citizenship and coexistence.
- Activating civil society movement in Syria.
- Documenting human rights violations in Syria and working on spreading legal and political awareness in society.
Article 4: Financial resources
EnabBaladi’s financial resources consist of the following:
- Donations, grants, giveaways, funds, contributions in money and in-kind given by individuals, charitable organizations, NGOs, governmental organizations which offer unconditional funding and special local or international companies which do not have political agendas.
- Income from activities or projects implemented by the organization
- Ads and sponsorships
- Income from investing in implemented projects by the organization
Article 5: Organizational structure
The organization consists of three boards: General Assembly Advisory Board, Board of Trustees and Board of Directors (Executive Office). The general advisory board supervises board of trustees and elects its members. Board of trustees supervises board of directors which runs the organization according to the bylaws and adopted policies inside the organization in addition to established laws. Missions and terms of reference of boards are defined in the bylaws.
Article 6: General advisory board
The board consists of founding members and supervisory board of trustees and executive office. They both consult advisory board in terms of partnership and strategic projects and matters related to the existence of the organization.
Article 7: Board of Trustees
Board of trustees consists of 3 to 5 well-known personalities in the field of journalism and free media and includes supporters of democracy, civil society, and human rights. They all should have Syrian citizenship. The general assembly elects board of trustees who do not receive any financial compensation for their membership.
Article 8: Board of Directors (Executive Office)
The board consists of department managers including editor in chief and is headed by the executive manager. The executive office is considered the one responsible for running the organization in its different departments and details.
Article 9: Amendments to Articles of Incorporation
The Articles can be amended via a decision from board of trustees. Suggestion of amendment should be made in advance to be put on the agenda.
Article 10: General provisions
The Articles are considered valid from the date of approval of general advisory board.
The organization prepares regulations and supplementary policies for the Articles with approval from board of trustees.
The Executive Office appoints a legal advisor for the organization and the board of trustees appoints an external licensed accountant who presents reports according to universal accounting standards.
Article 11: Abolition of the organization
Abolition of the organization can be made in agreement between board of trustees, advisory board, and executive council. The funds are given to whomever the board agree to and according to registration country regulations.