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Media Dialogue has announced the winners of its first round of grant competitions aimed at supporting media reform in Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, July 03, 2020

The Media Dialogue project has awarded grants ranging from up to 30,000 euro to four organisations in Kyrgyzstan to conduct advocacy campaigns promoting access to information, freedom of expression and informational transparency of government agencies. The projects will last 6 months and are part of the overall objective of the present and forthcoming competitions to strengthen the media environment in Kyrgyzstan, to support the provision of high-quality journalism and to promote media policy reform.

The first round of competitions was heavily contested with almost thirty entries – may of which were both innovative and highly professional. Unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to apply in forthcoming calls related to media monitoring and production of informative TV, radio or web-based programmes related to the elections, which will be announced shortly. The four winners have impressed the panel of judges with their applications for their quality and well targeted action.

Kaktus Media will conduct campaigns aiming at raising awareness how government institutions should work to provide citizens with the right, timely and accurate information, while 24.kg will concentrate their action on access to information and freedom of expression. The idea of creating an informational dialogue platform between the media and government agencies in the Batken region presented by Salam Media has won them a grant for their project, while TV1KG has developed a concept of extending the informational offer to the Kyrgyz language audiences dedicated to their needs.

The Media Dialogue project is funded by the European Union and runs until late spring 2021. Its objective is to harness the power of the media in safeguarding conflict-free elections. We have been delivering training and capacity-building activities to help media actors supply accurate and trustworthy election-related content to the citizens of Kyrgyzstan so that they can make informed choices.

We work with print, online and broadcast media outlets as well as production houses, individual journalists, online activists and influencers. Our events serve to improve their editorial standards, upgrade their digital skills, and inject an innovative spirit into the content they produce. The project is engaging government officials, parliamentary deputies, non-governmental and civil society organisations as well as members of the Central Electoral Commission and its territorial branches in an effort to create a more conducive election environment. We collaborate with the media and civil society communities to enhance self-regulation in the media sector and make it more robust and resilient to political manipulation or restrictive measures.

Our programme includes activities to increase the economic independence of the media by providing monetisation workshops, innovative digital content generation events and innovative media start-ups initiatives. We also cooperate with Kyrgyz universities and institutions providing journalism education to boost their curricula and link them up with European counterparts through exchange programmes. All our activities are delivered by a mix of international and local trainers and consultants exploiting areas of expertise offered by each of the Consortium Partners.

For more information about the Project or current and forthcoming opportunities, please get in touch with our Communications Officer, Gulaiym Shigaibaeva at +996552201234 or gulaiymshigaibaeva@epd.eu, or the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, at +996504222407 or cholponnogoibaeva@epd.eu.

In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, Media Dialogue has been adjusting its activities in line with WHO recommendations and national regulations of the countries involved in the project. Our priority is not to expose any beneficiaries, experts or staff to risks associated with the virus but at the same time to continue delivering the planned Action with every effort made to meet its objectives and maintain its effectiveness in the limiting and challenging circumstances.

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