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Media Dialogue Newsletter #35

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Bishkek, 18 February, 2021

The Media Dialogue project is launching its Media Dialogue Talks, a series of 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. The first Talk took place on February 16 in Bishkek with Jan Verbitsky, a representative of the Belarussian new media NEXTA, as guest speaker. Jan shared with the media community of Kyrgyzstan how their Telegram channel managed to become one of the main mouthpieces of democratic changes in their country, how they maintain impartiality, what can be done to become a full-fledged ally of civil society. Jan also explained how NEXTA has also managed to ensure the cybersecurity of civil society activists who constantly share photo, video and informational content with the resource, and how to monetize the new media.

On 17 and 18 February, the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) is conducting a workshop in the framework of the Media Dialogue project to support the collective planning of the participatory dialogue process on information policy in the Kyrgyz Republic. The 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. Read more on the workshop here.

Representative of the European Association for Local Democracy Alexandru Coica is holding monitoring meetings with 15 media organizations of Kyrgyzstan – grantees of the Media Dialogue project. Since last September, our grantees have produced over 350 editorials related to the 2020 parliamentary elections and the post-election situation. These materials helped to foster a level playing field for political debate and upheld freedom of speech. See the interview of Alexandru Coica about the grant program to Novye Litsa.

The Media Dialogue project is funded by the European Union and runs until end of 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 Specialist Asylgul Akimjanova at +996504222405, asylgulakimjanova@epd.eu  or the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, 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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Media Dialogue Newsletter #34

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 11 February, 2021

Wide-scale consultations with the entire media sector and representatives of the civil society are being organized by the Media Dialogue project with the aim of ensuring an inclusive and participatory drafting of the Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic. On February 9, the first consultation was organized in Bishkek with the academic community to identify challenges and priorities for improving the professionalization of journalists. Teaching staff of the Journalism and Mass Communication Departments of state and private universities, representatives of the Association of Communicators of the Kyrgyz Republic attended the discussions. The participants noted the urgent need to adapt journalism education to market demands and, with regards to the consultation process added that “It is noteworthy that this meeting was held in the form of a focus group, and it was instrumental. We, the academic community, want to take part in the development of the Information Policy Concept and improve journalists’ professionalization since we are the platform for training the journalists. Our role is important in conducting research and preparing future researchers, and in developing the professionalization of journalism. We try to take into account what competencies and skills journalists need in the rapidly changing media world,”- said Elira Turdubaeva, the Vice-President of the Association of Communicators of the Kyrgyz Republic.

On 17-18 February, the Media Dialogue project will conduct a workshop to introduce the INSPIRED method for inclusive and participatory policy dialogue to the stakeholders engaged in the elaboration of the Information Policy Concept of the Kyrgyz Republic. To encourage the inclusive development of the Concept, representatives of the European Partnership for Democracy will introduce the participants to the trust-building dynamics underpinning the INSPIRED method and will facilitate the collective planning of the dialogue process through a series of ad hoc tools aimed at promoting collective ownership over the process. Participants will include representatives of mass media, media organizations, nongovernmental sector, the Ministry of Culture, Information, Sports and Youth Policy, the State Committee of National Security, the Ministry of Interior, staff of Journalism and Mass Communication departments of state and private universities. 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. To date, it has been successfully implemented in more than fifteen countries around the world. More info: https://epd.eu/inspired/

The Media Dialogue project is funded by the European Union and runs until end of 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 Specialist Asylgul Akimjanova at +996504222405, asylgulakimjanova@epd.eu  or the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, 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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Media Dialogue Newsletter #33

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 4 February, 2021

Within the frames of grants program of the Media Dialogue project,  Media school “Yntymak” named after Tursunaliev completed the implementation of the project “Mobile Journalism – Fair Elections.” As part of the project, the Media School  “Yntymak” trained journalists from Osh, Jalal-Abad, and Batken oblasts, equipped with mobile journalism skills (MOJO) and skills of working in social networks. Training participants began to use mobile devices in their work. They noted that the MOJO format is suitable for traditional and new media by speeding up information delivery and expanding media audiences. Twelve journalists mastered the skills of filming and video editing on mobile applications Kinemaster and OpenCamera. Also, they demonstrated their new skills in the practice by broadcasting the election processes in the format of mobile journalism. Three groups of mobile journalists were created in Osh, Jalal-Abad, and Batken oblasts. They produced 12 issues of the media product “Civil Control” in MOJO format, 16 caption videos, and a series of awareness-raising video products on elections and post-electoral political events.

The Media Dialogue project is funded by the European Union and runs until end of 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 Specialist Asylgul Akimjanova at +996504222405, asylgulakimjanova@epd.eu  or the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, 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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Media Dialogue Newsletter #32

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 28 January, 2021  

Public Organization “Daanazat”, represented by the Radio Salam is completing the implementation of the project the “Dialogue Between the Media and Local Self-Government Bodies in the Interests of Batken region”. The project is implemented within the framework of the grant program of the Media Dialogue project, managed by the European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA).

Within the framework of the project, seminars and trainings were held for journalists, representatives of local municipalities, and the civil sector in Batken, Kadamjai, Kyzyl-Kiya, and Isfana, and Sulukta. Four trainings were held for employees of the mayor’s offices of five towns and deputies of the City Councils covering such areas as developing and implementing a media plan, strategic planning, the importance of the press service, and cooperation with the media. Five workshops and three media lunches on election coverage, legal and ethical norms, rights and obligations of journalists and media literacy were held for journalists. Also, four trainings for civil society were conducted on developing effective communication with the local municipalities and journalists.

From July 2020 to January 2021, Salam Radio released 40 media products that became part of the media organization’s advocacy campaign. Media products were aimed at informing the wider public about the importance of supporting and promoting freedom of expression, high-quality journalism, access to information, and other elements of a free and democratic media environment.

The Media Dialogue project is funded by the European Union and runs until end of 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 Specialist Asylgul Akimjanova at +996504222405, asylgulakimjanova@epd.eu  or the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, 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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Media Dialogue Newsletter #31

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 21 January, 2021

 On January 15, the Media Dialogue project held a workshop 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. Read more on this event on our website https://mediadialogue.kg/en/the-development-of-the-information-policy-concept-started-today/

 The Media Dialogue project is funded by the European Union and runs until end of 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 Specialist Asylgul Akimjanova at +996504222405, asylgulakimjanova@epd.eu  or the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, 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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Media Dialogue Newsletter #30

Media Dialogue Newsletter #30
Bishkek, 14 January, 2021

  On the eve of the presidential elections, on January 8, 2021, on behalf of a wide range of commercial and non-profit organizations and citizens of Kyrgyzstan, the Media Policy Institute published an appeal addressed to the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic U.O. Niyazbekov. The purpose of the appeal was to remind the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the obligation to ensure the media’s smooth functioning when covering elections. The appeal pointed out that “(…) law enforcement agencies should assist journalists in obtaining information affecting the rights of citizens, and in cases of violation of this provision of the law by other citizens, stop such actions, and take measures to bring the perpetrators to justice”.

With contributions from the Westminster Foundation for Democracy’s team, Ben Graham Jones – a freelance consultant on elections and an expert in social media monitoring methodologies – shed lights on the innovative approaches to monitor instances of hate speech online pioneered in the framework of the Media Dialogue project by Kloop media and the Independent Union of Journalists of Kyrgyzstan. Here you can read the article Monitoring Online Hate Speech in the Kyrgyzstan Election.

A training on basic legal skills for bloggers and digital activists was held on January 12 in Bishkek within the framework of the Media Dialogue project. Two legal experts – Iskender Kakeev from the Public Foundation “Legal Clinic Adilet” and Batyr Bolotbekov, coordinator of the Public Foundation “Voice of Freedom” provided training sessions. During the training, the participants got acquainted with international and national mechanisms to protect human rights and human rights defenders, the main stages of criminal proceedings, and the types of participants in criminal proceedings. The lawyers explained the grounds for the detention and charge, and how to protect your rights in case of detention. The topic of legal provision applying to the online environment was also touched upon.

On January 12, the European Partnrship for Democracy met with the Minister of Culture, Information and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic (MinCIT KR) Nurzhigit Kadyrbekov. As the MinCIT is working to the development of the Concept of Information Policy of the Kyrgyz Republic, Minister Kadyrbekov expressed gratitude for cooperation in 2020 and said that the Ministry looks forward to furthering collaboration in developing the Concept. Media sector representatives’ ideas for the development of this documented started already in September 2020 during the workshop “Development of the media sector of Kyrgyzstan through dialogue”. A joint workshop on the development of the Concept of Information Policy of the Kyrgyz Republic will now be held on January 15 with the participation of the mass media, media organizations, the NGO sector, MinCIT and other state bodies. Cholpon Nogoibaeva, project manager of the Media Dialogue project, noted: “In the framework of the Media Dialogue project, we work for the involvement of the media sector so that not only the state agencies, but all relevant parties are involved in the development process and further in the implementation of the Concept”.

The Media Dialogue project is funded by the European Union and runs until end of 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 Specialist Asylgul Akimjanova at +996504222405, asylgulakimjanova@epd.eu  or the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, 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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Media Dialogue Newsletter #28

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 30 December, 2020

From September to December 2020, Media Dialogue project grantees published about 300 media products covering topics on freedom of speech, the rule of law in the electoral process, and raising public awareness.  15 media organizations became grant recipients of the Media Dialogue project. They carry out project activities in all regions of Kyrgyzstan and contribute to the provision of public service value media content. Grants allow media organizations to conduct more effective advocacy campaigns to raise public awareness of the importance to maintain and promote freedom of expression, high-quality journalism, public service values content, access to information and other constituents of a free and democratic media environment, as well as help the country’s voters to make informed choices.  The media products of the grantees can be found on the website of the Media Dialogue project.

The Media Dialogue project is funded by the European Union and runs until end of 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 Specialist Asylgul Akimjanova at +996504222405, asylgulakimjanova@epd.eu  or the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, 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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Media Dialogue Newsletter #27

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 24 December, 2020

Within the framework of the Media Dialogue project, ARTICLE 19 has conducted protection trainings to equip reporters and journalists involved in covering public events, crowds and gatherings with risk assessment skills, as well as trainings on digital security to provide interested journalists with technological and behavioural mitigation tools relevant to trolling attacks.

The Youth Forum, “Don’t Quit, Stay” took place in Bishkek on December 22 and was organized by the civil movement “Bashtan Bashta” jointly with the Media Dialogue project. The forum was attended by civic activists and bloggers, as well as young citizens who have succeeded in their professions. Speakers included Saniya Toktogazieva, Timur Mon, Tilek Mamytov, Ulan Usoiun, Gulnaz Zhusbaeva, Daniyar Amanaliev. Participants discussed the challenges the youth in the country’s regions face and potential avenues to make talented, progressive and creative young people want to create and live in the country rather than leave.

On December 23 the signing of the Agreement on Rights and Freedoms by presidential candidates took place in Bishkek with the Media Dialogue project‘s support. Fourteen candidates for the presidency of the Kyrgyz Republic came to the meeting with a coalition of representatives of the media sector, civil society, and professional communities to discuss the key role that the protection and promotion of civic rights and freedoms, freedom of expression, and pluralism of opinions play for the democratic development of the country. Representatives of the coalition introduced the “Agreements on Rights and Freedoms“, which includes a set of principles for the promotion of civic rights and freedoms they would like to be upheld and promoted by the forthcoming President. Eleven candidates signed the Agreement in the conference hall and took on the obligation to protect the rights and freedoms of citizens in the Kyrgyz Republic. Three more candidates expressed readiness to sign upon return to Bishkek from the regions. Anna Timofeenko, an independent journalist, said: “No matter who becomes a President, he/she must ensure the right of a citizen to freedom of speech and freedom of expression. We must have the opportunity to openly express an alternative point of view because constructive criticism is, first and foremost, an aide to the President. The use of fake information and accounts in social networks, the adoption of laws restricting freedom of speech, harassment, and intimidation of civil society representatives and the media sector should not be acceptable”.

The Media Dialogue project is funded by the European Union and runs until end of 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 Specialist Asylgul Akimjanova at +996504222405, asylgulakimjanova@epd.eu  or the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, 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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Media Dialogue Newsletter №26

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 17 December, 2020

The Forum “Elechekke – Kelechek” (Future for Women) took place in Bishkek on December 16 to give a voice to women in Kyrgyzstan currently active in protecting and promoting democratic institutions, civil rights and freedoms.  Representatives of mass media, local councils, professional communities, civil society, and business and media sectors, government, and parliament took part in the Forum.  The Forum was initiated by the informal coalition of the media sector, civil society organizations, professional communities, bloggers / digital activists, and conducted with the support of the Media Dialogue project. Representatives of mass media discussed about freedom of expression as an essential condition for protecting women’s rights. “Freedom of speech gives women the opportunity to talk about social problems, violence, and feelings and to collectively seek effective solutions to complex problems faced by society. Freedom of speech allows women to be heard,” said Dina Maslova, founder of Kaktus Media. A legal assessment of the current situation and risks about citizens’ rights and freedoms was also discussed and Natalya Nikitenko, Chairperson of the Committee on Law Enforcement, Combating Crime and Combating Corruption of the Zhogorku Kenesh of Kyrgyz Republic noted that the new draft Constitution is a step back for democraticy and the protection of civil righst and freedoms: “All the gains of 2005 and 2010 were trampled underfoot. The parliamentary form of government remains the only possible way out for our people and country.” At the end of the Forum, the participants adopted the Appeal of the Forum “Elechekke – Kelechek, in which they expressed their full support for the initiatives of the broad public in defense of rights and freedoms, democratic institutions, the principles of secularity of the state and the rule of law in the Kyrgyz Republic.

On December 14, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy organized a discussion of legal analysis on access to information conducted in the framework of the Media Dialogue project. The analysis reviews the legal framework for Right to Information (RTI) in Kyrgyzstan, focusing mainly on the Access to Information (ATI) Law but also covering the Law on Guarantees of Information and other relevant laws. It highlights strengths and weaknesses in the legal framework and points to areas for reform along with specific recommendations, considering international standards on access to information. Representatives of civil society and lawyers attended the event. During the event, WFD local expert Nargiza Abdraimova has presented the analysis, it’s key findings and recommendations. Q&A session was followed by commentaries of participants on the recommendations and agreeing on the necessity of amendments to existing laws, complements to analysis by lawyers-practitioners and sentiments to take this document to further discussion that could lead to legislative changes.

On December 11, the Media Policy Institute (MPI), within the framework of the Media Dialogue project, held an online discussion “Freedom of Speech in the Basic Law.” During the event, MPI lawyers discussed with representatives of the media the threats and risks, essential points in the new edition of the Constitution that will affect freedom of speech, activities of journalists, and the media.

 

The Media Dialogue project is funded by the European Union and runs until end of 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 Specialist Asylgul Akimjanova at +996504222405, asylgulakimjanova@epd.eu  or the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, 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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Media Dialogue Newsletter #25

Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, 10 December, 2020

On December 10-11, round table discussions about the current status and challenges to freedom of speech, the legitimacy of the constitutional reform, and constitutional deliberation are taking place in Osh city with participation of representatives of local municipalities, public organizations, civil activists, professional communities, and media sector of Batken, Jalal-Abad and Osh regions. Such discussions are conducted with the support of the Media Dialogue project jointly and co-organized with the Coalition of the media sector, civil society organizations, professional communities, bloggers / digital activists.

On December 10, with the Media Dialogue project’s support, the Coalition conducted a round table discussion for lawyers and legal experts on the risks and challenges of the new draft Constitution of Kyrgyz Republic in Osh city. The lawyers from Batken, Jalal-Abad and Osh regions took part in the round table. The event’s primary purpose was to discuss the legal analysis “Risks in the Draft of the new Constitution of the Kyrgyz Republic: 61 Amendments”, which was recently presented to the attention of the general public. Aydin Bakytbek, an expert on constitutional law, noted that “the proposed constitution completely lacks a system of checks and balances between the branches of government, and the powers of the president are unlimited.”

Within the framework of the Media Dialogue project, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy conducted an Analysis of the legal framework for the Right to Information in Kyrgyzstan. The analysis was carried out by international expert Toby Mendel with the support of national expert Nargiza Abduraimova and focused on on the Law on Access to Information, the Law on Guarantees and other related laws.  The analysis recommends the introduction of appropriate amendments to the law, which would improve it in the long term.

The grant recipient of the Media Dialogue grant programme, the “GovoriTV” Multimedia Information Agency, has completed the Achyk Ait grant project.  15 Achyk Ait episodes have been released over the last three months on important socio-economic topics and on issues related to the freedom of speech and freedom of the media. “GovoriTV” noted that the Achyk Ait program will continue to be broadcasted on a weekly basis with the news agency’s own funds. You can watch the last release of the program on the topic “Is the discussion of the Constitutional reform legal today?” with the participation of Doctor of Law Saniya Toktogazieva and lawyer Nurbek Toktakunov here.

 

The Media Dialogue project is funded by the European Union and runs until end of 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 Specialist Asylgul Akimjanova at +996504222405, asylgulakimjanova@epd.eu or the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, 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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