Stakeholders discussed the first draft of the Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic
Since January 2021, wide-scale consultations with representatives of the media sector and civil society are being organized by the Media Dialogue project to ensure inclusive and participatory drafting of the Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic. After months of joint work, on April 29 – May 1 a conference took place in Issyk-Kul to discuss the first draft of the Information Policy Concept, which was drafted by an interdepartmental working group and experts following analyses and consultations with all interest groups.
Representatives of the media sector, government agencies, legal experts, bloggers, digital activists, and academic circles had a fruitful discussion at the conference. As a result, feedback and recommendations from all stakeholders were incorporated in the final document, which was then disseminated among participants for further comments and additions. The next conference to present the final document is planned for the beginning of June.
“We were divided into several groups. The work of our working group is focused on state and legal regulation of issues of providing access to information. We propose to monitor, analyze, and improve legislation on the media, access to information, and ensure the inviolability of a journalist’s legal activities. We also believe that it is necessary to establish departmental responsibility of state and municipal bodies for violations in freedom of speech and access to information, identify measures to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of providing access to information, including on a proactive basis. The main thing we propose is to create equal conditions for the development of media, the production of creative content, access to budgetary resources, regardless of the form of ownership of the content producers”- said Nargiza Abdraimova, an expert at the Westminster Foundation for Democracy sharing the experience of the first group.
“The final round of our work on the development and adoption of the Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic is underway. To date, the draft of the document is ready. We realize that the Concept, which will be adopted for the next five years, becomes clear and extensive. According to the Concept, government agencies and the media market will clearly understand how they will move. I express the hope that the adopted Concept will not only be realistic, but also will be successfully implemented and create favorable conditions for the development of the media sector, as well as for the preservation and further development of the institute of freedom of speech and freedom of expression,” said Salkyn Sarnoeva, Director of the Department of Information and Mass Communications of the Ministry of Culture, Information, Sports and Youth Policy.
The conference also strengthened collaborative links among stakeholders and enhanced accountability for the implementation of the Concept. Thus, members of the Working Group on developing the Concept signed a “Memorandum of intent to create a public platform to facilitate the implementation of the Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic for 2021-2025.”
Memorandum of Intent to create a public platform to assist
in the implementation of the Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic
We, members of the working group on the development of the Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic for 2021-2015 (hereinafter referred to as the “Concept”), representatives of the media community, while understanding the value and importance of implementing the Concept and achieving the goals and objectives set out in it, as well as the need to ensure sustainable participation of the media community in the implementation of the Concept,
by signing this Memorandum, we agreed to create and participate in the work of the Media Dialogue public platform, designed:
– to assist in the development of a consolidated position of the media community on the development of media, regardless of their organizational, legal, and ownership forms;
– to assist in the high-quality implementation of the Concept, as well as subsequent conceptual documents in the media field;
– ensure the participation and consideration of the opinion of the media community in the development and discussion of draft laws and regulations in the field of media, freedom of speech, and access to information;
– to support the institutional memory of the media community and the continuity of the media agenda.
We invite those who share the above goals to join this Memorandum by signing it.
April 30, 2021
Chok-Tal village, Issyk-Kul region