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Representatives of Media, Civil Society, and Digital Activists Learned the Basics of Cybersecurity and Digital Hygiene

Representatives of Media, Civil Society, and Digital Activists Learned the Basics of Cybersecurity and Digital Hygiene

 

Cybersecurity is an integral part of our lives today, it is protecting information from malicious users who can harm us. Many people mistakenly believe that they are not the target of the scammers. However, everyone needs to have basic skills in cybersecurity and digital hygiene.  In April – May of the current year, the Media Dialogue project jointly with the Civic Initiative of Internet Policy conducted training for more than 50 media representatives, organizations of civil society, digital activists and universities instructors on the basics of cybersecurity and digital hygiene.

The trainers were legal experts in the field of IT / ICT, specialists in the field of digital law and protection of personal data Irina Baikulova and Marat Torobekov, trainer on cybersecurity Eldar Bozhokoev, as well as an international expert in cybersecurity Valery Zubanov.

Participants learned about their rights to protect personal data, liability for the dissemination of illegal information, cybersecurity landscape, security risks in social networks, protection of electronic communications and digital data.

 

Unfortunately, civic activists, journalists, and bloggers are very much targets of cyber-attacks. When it comes to cybersecurity and safety, we are never safe, and there is always something new to learn, even people who are more literate on this topic can still be very much target in this respect. I hope this training can help you enhance your resilience to cyber threats and be safer.

— Vittoria Zanellati, Programmes Officer, European Partnership for Democracy

 

I realized that until today, I did not follow elementary rules of digital security. Thus, the training was useful for us, as we received insights into digital rights, digital data protection, and cybersecurity. The training sessions were conducted in an engaging and easy-to-digest mode.

— Asel Zhumalieva, a Deputy of the Local Council of Nizhniy Ala-Archa Rural County

 

The training is crucial for civil society activists working with the population and conducting training. We need to work securely with our accounts in social networks and personal emails. It is necessary to know how and when to publish and take security measures so that our personal data were protected. It turns out that we did not know the elementary things. This training allowed us to review our behavior in the digital space.

— Gulzhan Baibetova, Executive Director of Women’s Democracy Network

 

 I learned new things I hadn’t even thought about before. For example, I did not pay attention to the logical, physical and digital protection of the device. Now I know that such indifference as “who cares about me?” can threaten my personal safety and of surrounding me people. In the age of technology and digitalization, everyone who has access to the Internet needs to be cyber literate. I take the opportunity to thank the Media Dialogue project and trainers for new knowledge.

— Blogger, Bayzn Amantaeva

        

 

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Journalists of Osh, Batken and Jalal-Abad Learned More About the Conflict-Sensitive Journalism

Journalists of Osh, Batken and Jalal-Abad Learned More About the Conflict-Sensitive Journalism

On April 1-3, the Media Dialogue project, together with the National Mediation Center, conducted trainings on conflict-sensitive journalism and the legal aspects of the activities of journalists during the election period for representatives of regional multimedia centers, independent mass media, academics and students of journalism departments, Territorial Election Commissions, media sector and civil society of Osh, Batken and Jalal-Abad regions. The training covered such topics as causes of conflicts, conflict analysis tools, conflict-sensitive approach to journalism, hate speech in the media, fake news, and the importance of conflict analysis for journalists. Particular attention was paid to the session on information support for elections, since the risks of conflicts increase during this period.

The leading trainer of the event, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Republican Community of Mediators of the Kyrgyz Republic, Gulsina Kozhoyarova, noted that the participants show particular interest in sessions on the rights and obligations of the media, especially during the election period, voter information and election campaigning.

“Together with the journalists of Osh, Jalal-Abad and Batken regions, I attended a three-day training on conflict sensitive journalism. The training was indeed useful, especially I liked how closely trainers interacted with the participants and constantly asked for feedback. We were able not only to gain new knowledge on conflict-sensitive journalism, but also to analyze our previous experience related to conflict  situations,” said Aziza Pusurmankulova, one of the participants.

Photos of the slide-show: @Gulsina Kozhoyarova

 

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Media Dialogue devotes its monthly Talk to the challenges and trends in investigative journalism

Media Dialogue Devotes its Monthly Talk

to the Challenges and Trends in Investigative Journalism

 

On March 17, the Media Dialogue project funded by European Union will hold its second public Media Dialogue Talk, devoted to the topic of “Investigative Journalism – How to Create High-Quality Material.” Journalists and media managers, civil society representatives, activists, and influencers are invited to the event. Roman Dobrokhotov, the founder and Editor-In-Chief of the Moscow-based independent online newspaper The Insider specializing in investigative journalism and fact-checking will take part in the event as a main speaker.  Investigative journalists from Kyrgyzstan – a founder of Temirov LIVE channel Bolot Temirov and a founder of “Ali Toktakunov Media Hub” Ali Tottakunov will also intervene and share their experience and vision of the development of investigative journalism.

During the meeting with the professional media community of Kyrgyzstan, Roman Dobrokhotov will present the tools at the disposal of investigative journalism, and share insights into his most famous investigations, on what difficulties investigative journalists face and why the future of professional journalism lies precisely with investigation and fact-checking. In addition, Roman Dobrokhotov will touch upon issues of journalists safety, media independence and models for media monetization. Bolot Temirov and Ali Toktakunov will talk about the challenges investigative journalism is facing and what to look for when working on materials and facts in Kyrgyzstan.

Media Dialogue Talks are monthly seminars to facilitate exchange of experiences and the creation of collaborative links amongst the community of media, civil society, and civic and digital activists of Kyrgyzstan.

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Workshops on Priority Directions of Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic took place in Bishkek and regions

 Workshops on Priority Directions of Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic took place in Bishkek and regions

 The European Partnership for Democracy has been supporting the elaboration of the Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic in the framework of the Media Dialogue project. On March 4, a workshop was held to define the key problems and challenges affecting priority areas that will be addressed by the Concept. The process of developing and drafting of the Information Policy Concept is based on principles of inclusivity and participation. Therefore, a similar workshop took place in Osh, Jalal-Abad and Batken regions on March 11-12, to further develop and discuss the challenges identified also with media representatives from the southern regions. 

Priority directions include the legal framework of information policy, digital sovereignty and development of national content, development of the media sector, and professionalization of media community. 

“The task of today’s discussion is to supplement to key problems since each region has its specifics. It was important for us to hear the opinion and vision of the journalists of Osh, Jalal-Abad and Batken regions from different media about what the priority areas of the Concept should be. We have heard and collected the opinions and ideas that are being put forward throughout the country,” Media Dialogue project manager Cholpon Nogoibayeva during the event in Jalal-Abad.

Diana Raimzhaniva Deputy Director Jalal-Abad Regional Media Center shared her impression from the event: “Journalists from state and independent media, as well as activists, came to the workshop today to discuss together vital problems and challenges facing the media sector. We appreciate that the Media Dialogue project organized this workshop, as our voices will be heard and our proposals will be taken into account when adopting the Concept.”

 

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Stakeholders Discuss the Inclusive Development of the Information Policy Concept

Stakeholders Discuss the Inclusive Development of the Information Policy Concept

On 17 and 18 February, within in the framework of the EU funded Media Dialogue project, the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) is conducting a workshop to support the collective planning of the participatory dialogue process on information policy in the Kyrgyz Republic. Representatives of mass media, media organizations, nongovernmental sector, academics, the Ministry of Culture, Information, Sports and Youth Policy, the State Committee of National Security, the Ministry of Interior take part in the event as the main stakeholders of the dialogue process.

Building on the EPD experience of facilitating policy dialogue in fifteen countries through the INSPIRED method, first-hand insights are presented to the participants on how to deliver policy outcomes through dialogue. Moreover, dialogue participants are introduced to a set of tools to nurture trust dynamics and will establish a set of guiding principles for cooperation that will guide them throughout the next steps of the dialogue process.

The Ministry of Culture, Information, Sports and Youth Policy included the development and adoption of the Concept to its agenda for 2021. In this regard, the Media Dialogue project laying the foundations for the inclusive development of the Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic through an inclusive policy dialogue.

Director of the Information and Mass Communications Department of the Ministry of Culture, Information, Sports and Youth Policy Salkyn Sarnogoeva noted that the development of the Information Policy Concept is in the agenda of the Ministry for this year and that the international experience and knowledge will be useful in this regard: “The experience of our colleagues from Europe is important for us because the institutions of democracy and freedom of speech have been successfully preserved and developed in Europe. I would like that Kyrgyzstan, a country that positions itself as an island of democracy, will successfully preserve and develop freedom of speech and democracy. It is important to elaborate the document on Information Policy. It will allow all of us – not only government bodies but also the media community to understand which direction we are moving. In the next few years, we will be able to move ahead in accordance with the Concept that will be elaborated.”

Expressing his expectations for the workshop, Semetey Amanbekov, Deputy Chairman of the Independent Union of Journalists, said: “Kyrgyzstanis are aware of the concepts of the principles of democracy, the rule of law, and freedom of speech. We can proudly say that we are learning the lessons of international democracy by leaps and bounds. Unfortunately, there is such a problem that a certain gap has formed between civil society, the media, the non-governmental sector, and state bodies – it is the absence of an adequate full-format dialogue. Therefore, at this workshop, I want to hear about practical actions – how in Europe and other countries of the world the issue of establishing a full-fledged dialogue between civil society and government bodies is being resolved.”

About INSPIRED: Developed by the EPD and co-financed by the European Union, INSPIRED is a method for constructive participation of civil society and other stakeholders in policy dialogue, contributing to building trust between them. More info: https://epd.eu/inspired/“.

 

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The development of the Information Policy Concept started today

The development of the Information Policy Concept started today

The Media Dialogue project held a workshop today to lay the foundations for the inclusive development of the Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic, with the participation of representatives of mass media, media organizations, nongovernmental sector, the Ministry of Culture Information and Tourism (MinCIT), the State Committee of National Security, the Ministry of Interior and the Media Dialogue project.

The event kicked off with a joint discussion on the current status of the implementation of information policy in the Kyrgyz Republic and of potential approaches to the development of such policy. The participants discussed the goal and priorities to be included in the Concept, its duration and structure, and made a mapping of the key stakeholders to be involved throughout the drafting process.

The Director of the Information and Mass Communication Department of the Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism, Salkyn Sarnogoyeva, noted that Kyrgyzstan does not have a conceptual document defining the country’s information policy and added:

” It is necessary to bring the national media legislation in line with international journalism standards and the opportunities offered by the digital age, and to strengthen the country’s information policy accordingly. Therefore, the MinCIT included the development of the Information Policy Concept into its plan of action for 2021 and we are glad to work together with media actors and stakeholder in the Concept elaboration process”.

The Media Dialogue project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, noted: “We will organize wide-scale consultations with the entire media sector and representatives and the civil society. Today we are discussing the Concept as a document and as a process that will take several months to develop. What is the aim of the information policy, how it should be regulated, what are its priorities, what are the basic principles of the information policy – these all are important topics to be addressed.”

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